Fossils, Phylogeny, and Form: An Analytical Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

Phylogenetic analysis and morphometrics have been developed by biologists into rigorous analytic tools for testing hypotheses about the relationships between groups of species. This book applies these tools to paleontological data.

The fossil record is our one true chronicle of the history of life, preserving a set of macroevolutionary patterns; thus various hypotheses about evolutionary processes can be tested in the fossil record using phylogentic analysis and morphometrics.

The first book of its type, Fossils, Phylogeny, and Form will be useful in evolutionary biology, paleontology, systematics, evolutionary development, theoretical biology, biogeography, and zoology. It will also provide a practical, researcher-friendly gateway into computer-based phylogenetics and morphometrics.

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Traveling to the very foundation of paleobiology, 11 chapters explore the problematic nature of the characterization of the morphology of fossils and the assessment of taxa in a field that necessarily provides the scientist with an incomplete record in which only portions of organisms from certain environments may be preserved. The authors often vary in the importance they assign to different methods, discussing Hennigian phylogenetic systematics as the foundation for developing hypotheses of evolutionary relationships; the ontogenetic variation of Silurian trilobites as an example of the centrality of the context of phylogenetics for strengthening morphometric approaches; the assessment of morphological variations within higher taxa; the value of landmark based morphometric studies; the value of a quantitative, phylogenetic approach to the study of biogeography; attempts to incorporate stratigraphic information into phylogenetic hypotheses; the study of phylogenetics as an necessary tool in studies of the rate of evolution; and an attempt to demonstrate the value of databases to paleobiology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306467219
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/31/2002
  • Series: Topics in Geobiology Series , #19
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Paleobiology: An Empirical Historical Science; J.M. Adrain, et al. 2. Phylogenetic Systematics: Five Steps to Enlightenment; D.A. McLennan, D.R. Brooks.3. Morphometry and Phylogeny in the Resolution of Paleobiological Problems - Unlocking the Evolutionary Significance of an Assemblage of Silurian Trilobites; N.C. Hughes, R.E. Chapman. 4. Morphological Disparity: A Primer; M.A. Wills. 5. Homology, Characters, and Morphometric Data; M.L. Zelditch, et al. 6. Landmarks, Localization, and the Use of Morphometrics in Phylogenetic Analysis; N. MacLeod. 7. Cladistic Biogeography: Component-Based Methods and Paleontological Application; M.C. Ebach, G.D. Edgecombe. 8. Stratigraphy, Phylogeny, and Species Sampling in Time and Space; J.M. Adrain, S.R. Westrop. 9. Analyzing Speciation Rates in Macroevolutionary Studies; B.S. Lieberman. 10. The Nature and Origin of Supraspecific Taxa Revisited - With Special Reference to Trilobita; N. Eldredge. 11. The Role and Design of Databases in Paleontology; R.L. Kaesler, et al. Index.

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