Featuring contributions from leading researchers, this volume provides perspectives on how molecular biology can inform paleontology, directly and indirectly, to better understand life’s past. Paleobiological questions such as genome size, digit homologies, genetic control cascades behind phenotype, estimates of vertebrate divergence dates, and rates of morphological evolution are addressed.
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Trilobites of the world: an atlas of 1000 photographs.Artist/Author: Lawrance, Pete and Sinclair Stammers.
Dominating the early oceans of the world, Trilobites are extinct arthropods that evolved into a bewildering array of different forms. Fossil trilobite remains are found on every continent. This book shows some of the best preserved, complete examples from many different countries and includes specimens collected from many classic old localities. This book will appeal to everybody interested in trilobites, from academics to fossil enthusiasts and collectors, who will all enjoy the sheer beauty and variety of the trilobites illustrated. This book features almost 700 species, illustrated by 1,000 colour photographs.
Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of LifeArtist/Author: Sampson, Scott D. and Philip J. Currie.
This captivating book, laced with evocative anecdotes from the field, gives the first holistic, up-to-date overview of dinosaurs and their world for a wide audience of readers. Situating these fascinating animals in a broad ecological and evolutionary context, leading dinosaur expert Scott D. Sampson fills us in on the exhilarating discoveries of the past twenty-five years, the most active period in the history of dinosaur paleontology, during which more ‘new’ species were named than in all prior history. With these discoveries – and the most recent controversies – in mind, Sampson reconstructs the odyssey of the dinosaurs from their humble origins on the supercontinent Pangaea, to their reign as the largest animals the planet has ever known, and finally to their abrupt demise. Much more than the story of who ate whom way back when, this book places dinosaurs in an expansive web of relationships with other organisms and demonstrates how they provide a powerful lens through which to observe the entire natural world.
How Vertebrates Left the WaterArtist/Author: Laurin, Michel.
More than three hundred million years ago – a relatively recent date in the two billion years since life first appeared – vertebrate animals first ventured onto land. This usefully illustrated book describes how some finned vertebrates acquired limbs, giving rise to more than 25,000 extant tetrapod species. Michel Laurin uses paleontological, geological, physiological, and comparative anatomical data to describe this monumental event. He summarizes key concepts of modern paleontological research, including biological nomenclature, paleontological and molecular dating, and the methods used to infer phylogeny and character evolution. Along with a discussion of the evolutionary pressures that may have led vertebrates onto dry land, the book also shows how extant vertebrates yield clues about the conquest of land and how scientists uncover evolutionary history.
Tangled trees: phylogeny, cospeciation, and coevolution.Artist/Author: Page, Roderic D.M., editor.
Provides an up-to-date review and synthesis of current knowledge about phylogeny, cospeciation, and coevolution. The opening chapters present various methodological and theoretical approaches, ranging from the well-known parsimony approach to “jungles” and Bayesian statistical models. Then a series of empirical chapters discusses detailed studies of cospeciation involving vertebrate hosts and their parasites, including nematodes, viruses, and lice. Tangled Trees will be welcomed by researchers in a wide variety of fields, from parasitology and ecology to systematics and evolutionary biology. Also available in hardcover.