Data from: Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity

 

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Title Sizes of the Largest Fossils in the Geological Record
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Description This table contains taxonomic, size, and source information describing the largest known fossil plants, animals, protists, and prokaryotes in the fossil record. The prokaryote record covers only the Archaean and early Paleoproterozoic. The protist, animal, and vascular plant records cover all relevant geological periods from the Paleoproterozoic through the Neogene. See also http://bodysize.nescent.org.
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Payne JL, Boyer AG, Brown JH, Finnegan S, Kowalewski M, Krause RA Jr, Lyons SK, McClain CR, McShea DW, Novack-Gottshall PM, Smith FA, Stempien JA, Wang SC (2008) Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106(1): 24–27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0806314106

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Payne JL, Boyer AG, Brown JH, Finnegan S, Kowaleski M, Krause Jr. RA, Lyons SK, McClain CR, McShea DW, Novack-Gottshall PM, Smith FA, Stempien JA, Wang SC (2008) Data from: Two-phase increase in the maximum size of life over 3.5 billion years reflects biological innovation and environmental opportunity. Dryad Digital Repository. http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.223
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