Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution

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Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution is a new text providing an integrated view of the forces that influence the patterns and rates of vertebrate evolution, from those at the level of living populations and species to those that resulted in the origin and radiation of the major vertebrate clades. The evolutionary roles of behavior, development, continental drift, and mass extinctions are compared with the importance of variation and natural selection that were emphasized by Darwin. The book is ...
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Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution is a new text providing an integrated view of the forces that influence the patterns and rates of vertebrate evolution, from those at the level of living populations and species to those that resulted in the origin and radiation of the major vertebrate clades. The evolutionary roles of behavior, development, continental drift, and mass extinctions are compared with the importance of variation and natural selection that were emphasized by Darwin. The book is extensively illustrated, showing major transitions from fish to amphibians, dinosaurs to birds, and land mammals to whales. No work since Simpson's Major Features of Evolution has attempted such a broad study of the patterns and forces of evolutionary change. Undergraduate students taking a general or advanced course on evolution, as well as graduate students and professionals in evolutionary biology and paleontology, will find this book of great interest.
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"It is in my view the most important book in vertebrate evolution since Simpson's Tempo and Mode in Evolution (1944), because of what it offers as a summary, an integration, and above all a prospectus for vertebrate biologists of a new synthesis that is showing all signs of a very healthy infancy. Our next generation of scientists would do well to train themselves as Carroll has done in order to fulfill his vision of what integrative vertbrate biology can become." Science

"Every now and again, a brave paleontologist stands back and looks over the collection for anything that links all the tales together...Robert Carroll has broken new ground. He views the fossil record with the eyes of a biologist and a geologist...Not since 1953, when George Gaylord Simpson published Major Features of Evolution has there been such a well-founded overview of vertebrate fossils, their distribution in time and space, relationships with other organisms and with the environment..." New Scientist

"Bob Carroll's latest book provides the first modern review of large scale patterns in the evolution of vertebrates viewed in the context of current evolutionary theory. A veritable tour de force...Carroll's book is well written and effectively illustrated...Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution will form an essential resource for all students of the evolution of vertebrates, but it can also be read with profit by anyone concerned with general issues of contemporary evolutionary biology." American Paleontologist

"Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution is a masterful overview of evolution as it is understood by many vertebrate paleontologists and others today...Carroll writes clearly and rapidly-the whole is remarkably up to date, with meaningful incorporation of much current literature...this is a fine book." The Society for the Study of Evolution

"...excellent review of the vast recent literature on development, particularly rewarding reading." American Paleontologist

"Carroll's overview is welcome, well organized...and will prove to be a very useful backdrop to undergraduate courses on general evolution, or vertabrate history." Geological Magazine

"The book covers a broad compass and the author provides accounts of the immense range of biological and geological topics. It is a useful addition to the literature on fossils and evolution." Historical Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521472326
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Series: Cambridge Paleobiology Series , #2
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Current problems in evolutionary theory 1
2 Theories of evolution at the level of populations and species 19
3 Evolution in modern populations 34
4 Limits to knowledge of the fossil record and their influence on studies of evolution 57
5 Patterns of evolution among late Cenozoic mammals 82
6 Patterns of evolution of nonmammalian vertebrates in the late Cenozoic 115
7 The influence of systems of classification on concepts of evolutionary patterns 145
8 Evolutionary constraints 167
9 Evolutionary genetics 180
10 Development and evolution 212
11 Physical constraints 266
12 Major evolutionary transitions 296
13 Patterns of radiation 340
14 Forces of evolution 362
15 Conclusions and comparisons 389
Glossary 405
References 411
Index 439
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