History of Life / Edition 3

History of Life / Edition 3

by Richard Cowen
     
 

This textbook for students and general readers describes the macroevolution of life on Earth. It examines the problem of the origin of life, discusses how climates of the past might have affected living things, and explains how fishes gradually evolved into the major classes of tetrapods on the land (including humans). Based upon a popular course taught by the author… See more details below

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This textbook for students and general readers describes the macroevolution of life on Earth. It examines the problem of the origin of life, discusses how climates of the past might have affected living things, and explains how fishes gradually evolved into the major classes of tetrapods on the land (including humans). Based upon a popular course taught by the author at U. of California Davis, the volume is illustrated throughout with b&w drawings, maps, and photographs of fossils. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780632044443
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
8.55(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The origin of life on Earth1
Ch. 2Earth's earliest life16
Ch. 3Sex and nuclei : eukaryotes29
Ch. 4The evolution of Metazoans42
Ch. 5The Cambrian explosion54
Ch. 6Changing life in a changing world64
Ch. 7The early vertebrates84
Ch. 8Leaving the water95
Ch. 9Tetrapods and amniotes113
Ch. 10Early amniotes and thermoregulation124
Ch. 11The Triassic takeover139
Ch. 12Dinosaurs151
Ch. 13The evolution of flight176
Ch. 14The modernization of land and sea196
Ch. 15The origin of mammals213
Ch. 16The end of the dinosaurs228
Ch. 17Cenozoic mammals : origins, guilds, and trends238
Ch. 18Geography and evolution255
Ch. 19Primates267
Ch. 20Evolving toward humans278
Ch. 21Life in the Ice Age297

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