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Hollow triangles represent log-transformed mean vesicle diameter of acritarchs as measured from figured specimens. Inset shows relationship between maximum reported sizes and sizes of figured specimens. 1. Table 5. Correlation analyses between measures of disparity and body size. , morphological disparity may increase due to diffusive increase in body size or body size range) with shifts in sizeinvariant shape disparity. Neither of the disparity metrics analyzed show any significant correlation with body size for all possible comparisons, including both raw data and data corrected for autocorrelations by first differencing (Table 5).

1981; Marcus, 1990; Roy, 1994). MDS is a particularly attractive method in the case of our data set in that it does not require continuous variables (our variables are binary presence/absence values) and allows for missing values, unlike commonly used parametric techniques such as Principal Components Analysis. 21). Three and four dimensional ordinations were calculated and resulted in the same patterns of variance, but are not reported here. The MDS procedure calculated two scores (dimension one and dimension two) for each species occurrence, which was then assigned to a geochronological bin.

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