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Paleontology of Invertebrates - Raymond Enay

Paleontology of Invertebrates

By: Raymond Enay, T. Reimer (Translator), J. Aubouin (Foreword by)

Paperback ISBN: 9783540538912
Number Of Pages: 287

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How did life start on Earth and how did it proceed? After a short discussion of the origin of life on Earth and the origin of the major body plans, the invertebrates are presented in order of increasing complexity by the most significant fossil representatives. In each case, the adaptive significance of the respective forms and/or structures which profoundly changed the original body plan is treated in detail. In the closing chapter, some general aspects of invertebrates in evolution and palaeoecology, palaeobiogeography and biochronology are outlined.

The Start of Life on Earth and the First Fossilsp. 1
The Invertebrates: Origin and Major Body Plansp. 21
Diploblastic Metazoans: Porifera and Archaeocyatheansp. 33
Diploblastic Metazoans: The Coelenteratap. 52
Triploblastic Pseudometamerous Coelomates: The Molluscsp. 73
Triploblastic Eumetamerous Coelomates: The Arthropodsp. 136
Triploblastic Oligometamerous Lophophorian Coelomates: Brachiopods and Bryozoansp. 173
Triploblastic Deuterostomian Epithelioneural Coelomates: Graptolites and Echinodermsp. 203
The Invertebrates in Evolution and Palaeoecology, the Geography of Evolution: Palaeobiogeography and the Evolution as Basis of Biochronologyp. 246
Referencesp. 271
Subject Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9783540538912
ISBN-10: 3540538917
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 287
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.43