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 University Press
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



CHAPTER ONE. A Comparison of Jurassic and Devonian Brachiopod
Communities: Trophic Structure, Diversity, Substrate Relations and Niche
CHAPTER TWO. A New Species of the Jurassic (Callovian) Brachiopod
Septirhynchia from Northern Sinai
CHAPTER THREE. Goliathyris lewyi, New Species (Brachiopoda, Terebratulacea)
from the Jurassic of Gebel El-Minshera, Northern Sinai
CHAPTER FOUR. Brachiopods from the Jurassic of Gebel El-Maghara, Northern Sinai
CHAPTER FIVE. Epi- and Endobiontic Organisms on Late Jurassic Crinoid
Columns from the Negev Desert, Israel: Implications for Co-evolution
CHAPTER SIX. The Jurassic of the Southern Levant: Biostratigraphy,
Palaeogeography and Cyclic Events
CHAPTER SEVEN. Brachiopods from the Jurassic (Callovian) of Hamakhtesh
Hagadol (Kurnub Anticline), Southern Israel
CHAPTER EIGHT. A New Species of Coenothyris (Brachiopoda) from the Triassic
(Upper Anisian-Ladinian) of Israel
CHAPTER NINE. Paleoecology, Taphonomy, and Biogeography of a Coenothyris
Community (Brachiopoda, Terebratulida) from the Triassic (Upper
Anisian-Lower Ladinian) of Israel
CHAPTER TEN. A New Equatorial, Very Shallow Marine Sclerozoan Fauna from
the Middle Jurassic (Late Callovian) of Southern Israel
CHAPTER ELEVEN. Bioerosion in an Equatorial Middle Jurassic Coral-Sponge
Reef Community (Callovian, Matmor Formation, southern Israel)
CHAPTER TWELVE. Jurassic Rhynchonellide Brachiopods from the Jordan Valley
CHAPTER THIRTEEN. Taxonomy and Paleobiogeography of Late Bathonian
Brachiopods from Gebel Engabashi, Northern Sinai

Appendix a: Original Publication and Contributing Authors