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Title: Nature Red Tooth and Claw: Studies of Extinct and Extant Arthropod Predator-Prey Systems
Contributor(s): Bicknell, Russell Dean Christopher  (author)orcid ; Wroe, Stephen  (supervisor)orcid ; Paterson, John R  (supervisor)orcid 
Conferred Date: 2019-07-08
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Records of Cambrian predation have long been recognised as unequivocal evidence for the earliest predator-prey systems. However, Cambrian predation has been somewhat poorly documented in a numerical and comparative context - a problem rectified in this thesis. The first quantitative, model-based evidence illustrating how effective Cambrian predators were at shell crushing is presented. The modern day horseshoe crab is used to understand how Cambrian prey responded to attacks. Finally, the previously purported right-side injury bias observed on Cambrian trilobites is redressed using single fossil deposits and single species - this approach reveals no right-side bias.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Field of Research (FoR): 040308 Palaeontology (incl. Palynology)
060206 Palaeoecology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
Description: Russell Dean Christopher Bicknell was awarded the Chancellor's Doctoral Research Medal on the 8th July, 2019. Datasets associated with the thesis can be accessed on Research UNE:
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