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xi, 468 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm
  • 1. Vertebrates originate
  • 2. How to study fossil vertebrates
  • 3. Early Palaeozoic fishes
  • 4. Early tetrapods and amphibians
  • 5. Evolution of early amniotes
  • 6. Bounceback : tetrapods of the Triassic
  • 7. Evolution of fishes after the Devonian
  • 8. The age of dinosaurs
  • 9. The birds
  • 10. Mammals
  • 11. Human evolution
  • Appendix. Classification of the vertebrates.
Vertebrate palaeontology is a lively field, with new discoveries reported every week and not only dinosaurs! This new edition reflects the international scope of vertebrate palaeontology, with a special focus on exciting new finds from China. A key aim is to explain the science. Gone are the days of guesswork. Young researchers use impressive new numerical and imaging methods to explore the tree of life, macroevolution, global change, and functional morphology. The fourth edition is completely revised. The cladistic framework is strengthened, and new functional and developmental spreads are added. Study aids include: key questions, research to be done, and recommendations of further reading and web sites. The book is designed for palaeontology courses in biology and geology departments. It is also aimed at enthusiasts who want to experience the flavour of how the research is done. The book is strongly phylogenetic, and this makes it a source of current data on vertebrate evolution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781118407554 20160618
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
xv, 755 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm.
  • Section 1. Diversity and Evolution: Introduction-- Species: their nature and number-- How many species of insects?-- Reconstructing evolutionary history-- Section 2. Fossil Insects: Insect fossilization-- Dating and ages-- Major fossil Insect deposits-- Section 3. Arthropods and the Origin of Insects: Onychophora: the velvet-worms-- Tardigrada: the water-bears-- Arthropoda: the jointed animals-- Hexapoda: the six-legged arthropods-- Section 4. The insects: Morphology of insects-- Relationships among the insect orders-- Section 5. Earliest insects: Archaeognatha: the bristletails-- Zygentoma: the silverfish-- +Rhyniognatha-- Section 6. Insects Take to the Skies: Pterygota, Wings, and flight-- Ephemeroptera: the mayflies-- +Palaeodictyopterida: extinct beaked insects-- Odonatoptera: dragonflies and early relatives-- Neoptera-- Section 7. The Polyneopterous Orders: Plecopterida-- Orthopterida-- Plecoptera: the stoneflies-- Embiodea: the webspinners-- Zoraptera: the Zorapterans-- Orthoptera: the grasshoppers, crickets, and kin-- Phasmatodea: the stick- and leaf insects-- +Titanoptera: the titanic crawlers-- +Caloneurodea: the Caloneurodeans-- Dermaptera: the earwigs-- Grylloblattodea: the ice crawlers-- Mantophasmatodea: the African rock crawlers-- Dictyoptera-- Blattodea: the roaches-- Citizen roach: the termites-- Mantodea: the mantises-- Section 8. The Paraneopteran Orders: Psocoptera: the 'bark'lice-- Phthiraptera: the true lice-- Fringe wings: Thysanoptera (thrips)-- The sucking bugs: Hemiptera-- Section 9. The Holometabola: problematic fossil orders-- The origins of complete metamorphosis-- On wings of lace: Neuropterida-- Section 10. Coleoptera: early fossils and overview of past diversity-- Archostemata-- Adephaga-- Myxophaga-- Polyphaga-- Strepsiptera: the enigmatic order-- Section 11. Hymenoptera: Ants, Bees, and Other Wasps: The Euhymenoptera and parasitism-- Aculeata-- Evolution of insect sociality-- Section 12. Antliophora: Scorpionflies, Flies, and Fleas: Mecopterida: mecopterans and relatives-- Siphonaptera: the fleas-- Evolution of ectoparasites and blood-feeders-- Diptera: the true flies-- Section 13. Amphiesmenoptera: The Caddisflies and Lepidoptera: Trichoptera: the caddisflies-- Lepidoptera: the moths and butterflies-- Section 14. Insects Become Modern: Cretaceous and Tertiary Periods: The Cretaceous-- flowering of the world: the Angiosperm Radiations-- Plant sex and insects: insect pollination-- Radiations of Phytophagous insects-- Austral arthropods: remnants of Gondwana?-- Insects, mass extinctions, and the K/T boundary-- The tertiary-- Mammalian radiations-- Pleistocene dispersal and species lifespans-- Island faunas-- Section 15. Epilogue: Why so many insect species?-- The future-- Glossary-- References-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521821490 20160528
Insects are the most diverse group of organisms in the 3 billion-year history of life on Earth, and the most ecologically dominant animals on land. This book chronicles for the first time the complete evolutionary history of insects: their living diversity, relationships and 400 million years of fossils. Whereas other volumes have focused on either living species or fossils, this is the first comprehensive synthesis of all aspects of insect evolution. The book is illustrated with 955 photo- and electronmicrographs, drawings, diagrams, and field photos, many in full colour and virtually all of them original. The book will appeal to anyone engaged with insect diversity: professional entomologists and students, insect and fossil collectors, and naturalists.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521821490 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)
xix, 568 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
A survey of the entire ecological history of life on land--from the earliest traces of terrestrial organisms over 400 million years ago to the beginning of human agriculture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226041551 20160528
Breathtaking in scope, this is the first survey of the entire ecological history of life on land--from the earliest traces of terrestrial organisms over 400 million years ago to the beginning of human agriculture. By providing myriad insights into the unique ecological information contained in the fossil record, it establishes a new and ambitious basis for the study of evolutionary paleoecology of land ecosystems. A joint undertaking of the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems Consortium at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and twenty-six additional researchers, this book begins with four chapters that lay out the theoretical background and methodology of the science of evolutionary paleoecology. Included are a comprehensive review of the taphonomy and paleoenvironmental settings of fossil deposits as well as guidelines for developing ecological characterizations of extinct organisms and the communities in which they lived. The remaining three chapters treat the history of terrestrial ecosystems through geological time, emphasizing how ecological interactions have changed, the rate and tempo of ecosystem change, the role of exogenous "forcing factors" in generating ecological change, and the effect of ecological factors on the evolution of biological diversity. The six principal authors of this volume are all associated with the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems program at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226041544 20160528
Earth Sciences Library (Branner)