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The Early Evolution of Metazoa and the Significance of Problematic Taxa

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One of the great enigmas of evolutionary biology has been how to treat animals of problematic systematic position. Many are known only as fossils, so this area has been of particular interest to palaeobiologists. This book represents a wide synthesis. It embraces not only general problems of animal classification of animals and new information on their molecular sequences that bear on their wider relationships, but also addresses more specific problems. These include details appraisals of both living and fossil groups. From the fossil record special emphasis is laid on examples from exceptionally preserved biotas that include the Burgess shale-type faunas of the Cambrian of south China and western North America, the Carboniferous Mazon Creek beds of Illinois, and the Jurassic Osteno beds of northern Italy. In addition, experimental studies of soft-patrt preservation in jellyfish are relevant to comparable preservation in the fossil record.
Overall in good condition, some minor signs of wear on the spine and some slight rubbing to the corners.

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Author(s):
Edited by Alberto M. Simonetta and Simon Conway Morris
Condition:
Used: good
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Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521402425
ISBN-13:
9780521402422
Number of pages:
296
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Early Evolution of Metazoa and the Significance of Problematic Taxa

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One of the great enigmas of evolutionary biology has been how to treat animals of problematic systematic position. Many are known only as fossils, so this area has been of particular interest to palaeobiologists. This book represents a wide synthesis. It embraces not only general problems of animal classification of animals and new information on their molecular sequences that bear on their wider relationships, but also addresses more specific problems. These include details appraisals of both living and fossil groups. From the fossil record special emphasis is laid on examples from exceptionally preserved biotas that include the Burgess shale-type faunas of the Cambrian of south China and western North America, the Carboniferous Mazon Creek beds of Illinois, and the Jurassic Osteno beds of northern Italy. In addition, experimental studies of soft-patrt preservation in jellyfish are relevant to comparable preservation in the fossil record.
Overall in good condition, some minor signs of wear on the spine and some slight rubbing to the corners.

Author(s):
Edited by Alberto M. Simonetta and Simon Conway Morris
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521402425
ISBN-13:
9780521402422
Number of pages:
296
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
The Early Evolution of Metazoa and the Significance of Problematic Taxa

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