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The Animal Kingdom : A Very Short Introduction - Peter Holland

The Animal Kingdom

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 24th November 2011
ISBN: 9780199593217
Number Of Pages: 144

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The animal world is immensely diverse, and our understanding of it has been greatly enhanced by molecular biology and the study of evolution and development ("evo-devo"). Moreover, groundbreaking research on genes, and especially key families of genes such as the Homeobox genes which control the development of body plans, has led to radical changes in the classification of animals. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Holland presents a cutting-edge tour of the animal kingdom, providing an authoritative summary of the modern view of animal life, its origins, and the new classification resulting from DNA studies. Beginning with the definition of animals (not obvious in biological terms), Holland takes the reader through the revolutionary new high-level groupings of animals (phyla) based on evolutionary relationships and ancestry. Ranging from corals and sponges to nematodes, sea squirts, and vertebrates, and illuminating many key topics in zoology, this fascinating, brief overview will be of great value to all students of the life sciences as well as providing a concise summary for the interested lay reader.

1: What is an animal? 2: Animal phyla 3: The evolutionary tree of animals 4: Basal animals: corals, sponges and jellyfish 5: The bilaterians: building a body 6: Lophotrochozoa: wondrous worms 7: Ecdysozoa: insects and nematodes 8: Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts and amphioxus 9: Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates 10: Deuterostomes III: vertebrates on land 11: Enigmatic animals Further reading

ISBN: 9780199593217
ISBN-10: 0199593213
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 24th November 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.8 x 10.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.12

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