Genetics, Paleontology, and Macroevolution / Edition 2by Jeffrey S. Levinton
Pub. Date: 04/28/2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This expanded and updated second edition offers a comprehensive look at macroevolution and its underpinnings, with a primary emphasis on animal evolution. From a Neodarwinian point of view, the book integrates evolutionary processes at all levels to explain the diversity of animal life. It examines a wide range of topics including genetics, speciation, development, evolution, constructional and functional aspects of form, fossil lineages, and systematics, and --in a major new chapter--takes a hard look at the Cambrian explosion. The author delves into the age of molecular science and integrates important recent contributions made to our understanding of evolution.
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Table of ContentsPreface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition; 1. Macroevolution: the problem and the field; 2. Genealogy, systematics, and macroevolution; 3. Genetics, speciation, and trans-specific evolution; 4. Development and evolution; 5. The constructional and functional aspects of form; 6. Patterns of morphological change in fossil lineages; 7. Patterns of diversity, origination, and extinction; 8. A Cambrian explosion?; Glossary; References; Author index; Subject index.
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