Animal Evolution

Animal Evolution

Interrelationships of the Living Phyla

eBook - 1995
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Blackwell North Amer
Animal Evolution is a complete analysis of the evolutionary interrelationships and myriad diversity of the animal kingdom. Using modern phylogenetic reasoning based on characters from an extensive review of morphology, including ultrastructure, and embryology, each phylum is analysed to ascertain its monophyly and hence its ancestral characters. These ancestral characters are then used to construct a complete phylogenetic tree of the extant animal phyla. This new edition of Animal Evolution brings the subject fully up to date including some new ideas and emphases, as well as new bibliographic data.

Oxford University Press
Animal Evolution presents a complete phylogenetic analysis of all animal species. Using the most up-to-date cladistic techniques available, author Claus Nielsen first analyzes each phylum to determine its appropriate ancestral group, then identifies sister phyla to construct a complete phylogenetic tree of extant metazoa. Throughout, reviews of phyla anatomy, ultrastructure, and embryology are expertly presented. This book marks the first time that a systematic cladistic analysis of phylogenetic relationships has been integrated into a text which also describes the main features of the various groups. With its copious illustrations and extensive coverage of the literature, Animal Evolution will be the standard against which to compare the results of traditional and molecular phylogenetic methods. It will be eagerly read by students and researchers in evolutionary and systematic zoology.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1995
ISBN: 9780585211473
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 467 p.) : ill


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