Extinction and Phylogeny

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— Joel Cracaft,

University of Illinois at Chicago

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Joel Cracaft
Stands apart from the many other recent volumes on extinction with its emphasis on the importance of systematic data in the analysis of the stratigraphic record and the distribution of species in space and time. These chapters carry ideas that will have lasting consequences for paleontological theory and method.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231074384
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/1992
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Extinct Taxa: Accounting for 99.999... % of thc Earth's Biota 1
1 Interpreting Extinctions from the Fossil Record: Methods, Assumptions, and Case Examples Using Horses (Family Equidae) 17
2 Fossils as Critical Data for Phylogeny 46
3 Taxic Origin and Temporal Diversity: The Effect of Phylogeny 89
4 Extinction and the Origin of Species 119
5 Trilobite Phylogeny and the Cambrian-Ordovician "Event": Cladistic Reappraisal 144
6 Vicariance Biogeography, Geographic Extinctions, and the North American Oligocene Tsetse Flies 178
7 Extinction, Sampling, and Molecular Phylogenetics 205
8 Measures of Phylogenetic Diversity 216
List of Contributors 235
Index 237
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