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On the value of taxonomic standardization in evolutionary studies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 April 2016

Stephen J. Culver
Affiliation:
Department of Geological Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23508
Martin A. Buzas
Affiliation:
Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560
Laurel S. Collins
Affiliation:
Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, Box 6666, New Haven, Connecticut 06511

Abstract

Species duration data for living benthic foraminifera derived from an extensive literature search have been compiled and analyzed to investigate rates and patterns of species origination. The same data subjected to taxonomic standardization through examination of many specimens lodged in museum collections indicate strikingly different, and more realistic, rates and patterns.

Evolutionary generalizations based on data generated from the literature only are often unreliable and may be directly in opposition to reality. Extensive attempts at taxonomic standardization should be the norm in paleobiological investigations.

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