Invertebrate Paleontology of Israel and Adjacent Countries with Emphasis on the Brachiopoda

Invertebrate Paleontology of Israel and Adjacent Countries with Emphasis on the Brachiopoda


Howard R. Feldman

Series: Touro College Press Books
ISBN: 9781618113054 (hardcover)
Pages: 336 pp.; 58 tables; 103 illus. 
Publication Date: December 2013

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This book consists of a series of papers that help to unravel the taxonomy of the phylum Brachiopoda and describe associated marine communities in the Levant. These faunas inhabited shallow shelf environments near the boundary of the Indo-African and Tethyan faunal realms near the Jurassic equator along the southern Tethyan margin. This research is part of a long term project that aims to delineate the distribution of brachiopods across faunal realm boundaries and reconstruct the biogeographic history of the region. The work provides a more detailed analysis of the endemism that is characteristic of the faunas of northern Sinai, the Negev and Jordan, and will also aid in the construction of a biogeographic framework for Jurassic strata in the Middle East. It represents an important contribution to our knowledge of the evolution of modern marine communities because their roots lie in the ecological diversifications of the Jurassic.

Howard R. Feldman (PhD Rutgers University) is a professor of biology at Touro College and Research Associate in the Division of Paleontology (Invertebrates) at the American Museum of Natural History.

How much do we know about the rocks beneath our feet? How can we correlate the Middle East with the regions of the Tethys Realm? How can we relate the faunus with those of European or Afro-Indian origin? We want to understand the world we live in, and better knowledge of geological history is one of the best ways to achieve this understanding. Feldman’s detailed study of the invertebrate paleontology of Israel and adjacent countries, through the examination of new collections as well as careful re-examination of old ones, provides an excellent approach to answering such questions as the knowledge of the structure and paleoecology of the marine communities of the past (mainly of the Triassic and Jurassic brachiopods), and the extent of the endemism of these faunas. This book is a valuable source of information for those interested in the subject.
— Fernando Alvarez, Professor of Palaeontology, Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
Howard Feldman continues to impress: he is a leading authority on Brachiopod systematics and evolution, starting with the Devonian species in New York. He has been steadily expanding his focus, and the present, much needed, fascinating volume on Middle Eastern paleontology is a welcome addition to our knowledge of truly ancient life in Israel and adjacent countries.
— Niles Eldredge, Curator Emeritus, Division of Paleontology, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
This volume brings together a number of modern treatments emphasizing the Triassic and Jurassic brachiopods of Israel and nearby countries. It provides a convenient basic resource for students of the Triassic and Jurassic of this biogeographically important region. Important comments are made on the biogeography of the marine faunas, with emphasis on brachiopods, plus useful summaries of lithofacies relations through most of Triassic and Jurassic time for this region. There are also useful accounts on marine ecological phenomena and depositional environments for some of the fossils. The illustrations are excellent. The volume is highly recommended for paleontologists and stratigraphers.
— Arthur J. Boucot, Distinguished Professor, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University