Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution

Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution

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This new text provides an integrated view of the forces that influence the patterns and rates of vertebrate evolution from the level of living populations and species to those that resulted in the origin of the major vertebrate groups. The evolutionary roles of behavior, development, continental drift, and mass extinctions are compared with the importance of variation and natural selection that were emphasized by Darwin. It is extensively illustrated, showing major transitions between fish and amphibians, dinosaurs and birds, and land mammals to whales. No book since Simpson's Major Features of Evolution has attempted such a broad study of the patterns and forces of evolutionary change. Undergraduate students taking a general or advanced course on evolution, and graduate students and professionals in evolutionary biology and paleontology will find the book of great interest.Gilbert (1994, p. 855) and Gilbert et al. (1996) argued that the current explosion of knowledge of developmental biology enabled this discipline to take its place in the further elaboration of the evolutionary synthesis. Similarly, Sean Carrollanbsp;...


Title:Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution
Author: Robert Lynn Carroll
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1997-04-28
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