Roy Plotnick Seminar: Spatial Patterns of Fossil Localities

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The Paleobiology Database is a community produced compilation of global fossil occurrences and is the basis for recent analyses of the history of biodiversity. Point pattern analyses of the distribution of fossil localities from the database for 17 time bins suggest that their distribution is fractal in space. This pattern may result from multiple geologic, biologic, and anthropogenic processes, including the distribution of road networks.