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Genetics, Paleontology, and Macroevolution - Jeffrey S. Levinton

Genetics, Paleontology, and Macroevolution

Paperback Published: 7th January 2002
ISBN: 9780521005500
Number Of Pages: 634

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An engaging area of biology for more than a century, the study of macroevolution continues to offer profound insight into our understanding of the tempo of evolution and of the evolution of biological diversity. What regulates biological diversity and its historical development? Can it be explained by natural selection alone? Has geologic history regulated the tempo of diversification? This expanded and updated second edition offers a comprehensive look at macroevolution and its underpinnings, with a primary emphasis on animal evolution. From a Neodarwinian point of view, it integrates evolutionary processes at all levels to explain the diversity of animal life. It examines a wide range of topics including genetics and speciation, development and evolution, the constructional and functional aspects of form, fossil lineages, and systematics, and it takes a hard look at the Cambrian explosion. It delves into the age of molecular science, and integrates important recent contributions made to our understanding of evolution. Researchers and graduate students will find this insightful book a most comprehensive and up-to-date examination of macroevolution.

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' ... worth reading and having on the desk.' PalAss Newsletter '... this is still the best macroevolution book out there.' Kevin Peterson, Palaeontologia Electronica

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Macroevolution: the problem and the field
Genealogy, systematics, and macroevolution
Genetics, speciation, and trans-specific evolution
Development and evolution
The constructional and functional aspects of form
Patterns of morphological change in fossil lineages
Patterns of diversity, origination, and extinction
A Cambrian explosion?
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521005500
ISBN-10: 0521005507
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 634
Published: 7th January 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 3.25
Weight (kg): 1.08
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised