Phylogenetic reconstruction--the method by which biologists examine the relationship between living and extinct organisms in an effort to identify evolutionary pathways--has seen radical changes in the last ten years. But as rapid advances in mathematical, molecular, developmental, and cladistic techniques have greatly improved reconstruction efforts, they have also sparked controversy, especially with regard to the assumptions and data underlying the cladistic method. This book brings together contributions from a wide range of practitioners in order to find common ground. By examining numerous models from a variety of fields, the book serves as a guide to the latest methods of classification and phylogeny reconstruction and provides insights into the relative merits that each approach has to offer. In particular, developmental studies emerge as a significant factor in cladogram construction. Splendidly written and wide-ranging in scope, Models in Phylogeny Reconstruction will be welcomed by students and researchers in systematic and evolutionary biology.
Series: Systematics Association Special Volumes
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 24th November 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.3 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.75