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Invasions of the Land : The Transitions of Organisms from Aquatic to Terrestrial Life - Malcolm S. Gordon

Invasions of the Land

The Transitions of Organisms from Aquatic to Terrestrial Life

Hardcover Published: 15th March 1994
ISBN: 9780231068765
Number Of Pages: 312
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This text provides a general overview of how plants and animals made the transition from water to land. It presents integrated summaries of the evidence from both fossils and living organisms, and from molecular to organismic levels. The authors consider when and where these transitions occurred; which groups of organisms were involved; and in what environments and environmental conditions they took place. They also discuss the biochemical, physiological, morphological, behavioural and ecological properties that permitted the organisms to make these transitions, and the changes that occurred as the transitions took place. The work gives equal emphasis to palaeobiology and neobiology, and incorporates the latest information relevant to water-land transitions, deriving from recent applications of micropalaeontological and molecular methods to classical issues.

Introductionp. 1
The Physical Settings of Land Invasionsp. 13
Plant Transitions to Landp. 32
Fossil Evidence of Metazoan Transitions: Cambrian Through Middle Silurianp. 94
Fossil Evidence of Metazoan Transitions: Late Silurian and Devonianp. 116
Fossil Evidence of Metazoan Transitions: Permo-Carboniferous and Laterp. 134
Functional Evidence from Living Molluscsp. 159
Functional Evidence from Living Annelids and Crustaceansp. 176
Functional Evidence from Living Vertebratesp. 216
Summary and Synthesisp. 251
Referencesp. 269
General Indexp. 301
Systematic Index of Animalsp. 307
Systematic Index of Plantsp. 311
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ISBN: 9780231068765
ISBN-10: 023106876X
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 15th March 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.63