The Evolution Revolution

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The last decade has seen remarkable new discoveries regarding the evolution of life based on the fossil record—from new information about the earliest multi-celled animals to a new candidate for the ancestor of insects to landmark findings about the region and lifestyle of dinosaurs. This book aims to integrate all of these new findings in an overall evolutionary context, starting with new ideas on the evolution of life on this planet and progressing through the entire fossil ...
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The last decade has seen remarkable new discoveries regarding the evolution of life based on the fossil record—from new information about the earliest multi-celled animals to a new candidate for the ancestor of insects to landmark findings about the region and lifestyle of dinosaurs. This book aims to integrate all of these new findings in an overall evolutionary context, starting with new ideas on the evolution of life on this planet and progressing through the entire fossil record.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780471974062
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/12/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.83 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
1 We are the Champions!: The long-playing microbial fossil record 1
2 Rise of the Gutless Wonders: Early animal evolution 15
3 Cambrian Dreamtime Menagerie: Hallucigenia, Jianfengia and other taxonomic nightmares 31
4 Head or Tails? The incredibly lucky rise of the first vertebrates 45
5 Walk on the Wild Side: The colonisation of land 57
6 Jaw Wars: the Empire Bites Back: The evolution of jawed fishes 71
7 Tracking Down the Bugs: The evolution of insects 87
8 First Foot Forward: The vertebrates' escape from the sea 99
9 Say it with Flowers: Evolution in plants 115
10 Monsters of the Deep: New advances in the evolution of Mesozoic marine reptiles 129
11 Reign of Pterosaurs: The first flying vertebrates 143
12 Dinosaurs of the Twilight Zone: Polar dinosaur faunas 157
13 Birds of a Feather Fossilise Together: The early evolution of birds 171
14 Battle of the Bulge: Why did dinosaurs grow so big? 187
15 The Tooth, the Whole Tooth, and Nothing but the Tooth: Gondwana's treasure-trove of fossil mammals 203
16 Murder and Mayhem in the Miocene: Predation pressure driving evolution 219
17 Children of the Evolution: Human evolution from the inside 231
18 Old Friends Revisited: A new look at classic examples of evolution 245
19 Final Thoughts 261
References 265
Index 285
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