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Arthropod Relationships : The Systematics Association Special Volume Series - Richard A. Fortey

Arthropod Relationships

The Systematics Association Special Volume Series

By: Richard A. Fortey (Editor), Richard H. Thomas (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1997
ISBN: 9780412754203
Number Of Pages: 383

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The arthropods contain more species than any other animal group, but the evolutionary pathways which led to their current diversity are still an issue of controversy. Arthropod Relationships provides an overview of our current understanding, responding to the new data arising from sequencing DNA, the discovery of new Cambrian fossils as direct evidence of early arthropod history, and developmental genetics. These new areas of research have stimulated a reconsideration of classical morphology and embryology. Arthropod Relationships is the first synthesis of the current debate to emerge: not since the volume edited by Gupta was published in 1979 has the arthropod phylogeny debate been, considered in this depth and breadth. Leaders in the various branches of arthropod biology have contributed to this volume. Chapters focus progressively from the general issues to the specific problems involving particular groups, and thence to a consideration of embryology and genetics. This wide range of disciplines is drawn on to approach an understanding of arthropod relationships, and to provide the most timely account of arthropod phylogeny. This book should be read by evolutionary biologists, palaeontologists, developmental geneticists and invertebrate zoologists. It will have a special interest for post-graduate students working in these fields.

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`... it may mark a historical transition. For practitioners in the field this will be an important book and should find its way onto their bookshelves ...' Nature, 397 (1999) `... their splendid Arthropod Relationships ... It is a milestone that will certainly be appreciated by students as well as specialists in the field. The book represents a clear and up-to-date review of arthropod phylogeny and handless some general phylogenetic aspects.' TREE - Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 13:12 (1998)

List of contributors
Bodyplans, phyla and arthropodsp. 1
The phylogenetic position of the Arthropodap. 11
A defense of arthropod polyphylyp. 23
Hox genes and annelid-arthropod relationshipsp. 35
Arthropod and annelid relationships re-examinedp. 43
Evolutionary correlates of arthropod tagmosis: scrambled legsp. 57
Theories, patterns, and reality: game plan for arthropod phylogenyp. 67
Sampling, groundplans, total evidence and the systematics of arthropodsp. 87
Arthropod phylogeny: taxonomic congruence, total evidence and conditional combination approaches to morphological and molecular data setsp. 97
The place of tardigrades in arthropod evolutionp. 109
Stem group arthropods from the Lower Cambrian Sirius Passet fauna of North Greenlandp. 125
Cambrian 'Orsten'-type arthropods and the phylogeny of Crustaceap. 139
Comparative limb morphology in major crustacean groups: the coxa-basis joint in postmandibular limbsp. 155
Crustacean phylogeny inferred from 18S rDNAp. 169
A phylogeny of recent and fossil Crustacea derived from morphological charactersp. 189
The fossil record and evolution of the Myriapodap. 211
The early history and phylogeny of the cheliceratesp. 221
Problem of the basal dichotomy of the winged insectsp. 237
Arthropod phylogeny and 'basal' morphological structuresp. 249
Advances and problems in insect phylogenyp. 269
The groundplan and basal diversification of the hexapodsp. 281
Phylogenetic relationships between higher taxa of tracheate arthropodsp. 295
Myriapod-insect relationships as opposed to an insect-crustacean sister group relationshipp. 305
Cleavage, germ band formation and head segmentation: the ground pattern of the Euarthropodap. 317
Homology and parallelism in arthropod sensory processingp. 333
The organization and development of the arthropod ventral nerve cord: insights into arthropod relationshipsp. 349
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9780412754203
ISBN-10: 0412754207
Series: The Systematics Association Special Volume Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 383
Published: 31st December 1997
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.0  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.23