Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology [NOOK Book]

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The leading textbook in its field, this work applies paleobiological principles to the fossil record while detailing the evolutionary history of major plant and animal phyla. It incorporates current research from biology, ecology, and population genetics. Written for biology and geology undergrads, the text bridges the gap between purely theoretical paleobiology and solely descriptive invertebrate paleobiology books, emphasizing the cataloguing of live organisms over dead objects. This third edition revises art ...

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Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology

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Overview

The leading textbook in its field, this work applies paleobiological principles to the fossil record while detailing the evolutionary history of major plant and animal phyla. It incorporates current research from biology, ecology, and population genetics. Written for biology and geology undergrads, the text bridges the gap between purely theoretical paleobiology and solely descriptive invertebrate paleobiology books, emphasizing the cataloguing of live organisms over dead objects. This third edition revises art and research throughout, expands the coverage of invertebrates, includes a discussion of new methodologies, and adds a chapter on the origin and early evolution of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Bruce S. Lieberman
This well-written, well-illustrated book comprehensively covers the science of paleontology, running the gamut from the history of different aspects of the field to technical discoveries and taxonomic information. It is perfectly aimed at a student audience and belongs in the libraries of all professional (and amateur) paleontologists.
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Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231536905
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 665,105
  • File size: 70 MB
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Meet the Author

Donald R. Prothero is a research associate in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum.

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Table of Contents

Preface
To the Student: Why Study Fossils?
1 The Fossil Record 1
2 Variation in Fossils 17
3 Species and Speciation 35
4 Systematics 43
5 Evolution 63
6 Extinction 79
7 Functional Morphology 95
8 Paleoecology 117
9 Biogeography 147
10 Biostratigraphy 167
11 Micropaleontology 187
12 Colonial Life: Archaeocyathans, Sponges, and Cnidarians 213
13 Lophophorates: Brachiopods and Bryozoans 227
14 Jointed Limbs: The Arthropods 247
15 Kingdom of the Seashell: The Molluscs 273
16 Spiny Skins: The Echinoderms 309
17 Dry Bones: Vertebrates and their Relatives 331
18 Fossilized Behavior: Trace Fossils 403
Glossary 417
Bibliography 426
Index 451
Credits 455
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