The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification

The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification

by Guillaume Lecointre, Hervé Le Guyader, Dominique Visset
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674021835

ISBN-13: 9780674021839

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Did you know that you are more closely related to a mushroom than to a daisy? That crocodiles are closer to birds than to lizards? That dinosaurs are still among us? That the terms "fish," "reptiles," and "invertebrates" do not indicate scientific groupings? All this is the result of major changes in classification, whose methods have been totally revisited over

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Did you know that you are more closely related to a mushroom than to a daisy? That crocodiles are closer to birds than to lizards? That dinosaurs are still among us? That the terms "fish," "reptiles," and "invertebrates" do not indicate scientific groupings? All this is the result of major changes in classification, whose methods have been totally revisited over the last thirty years.

Modern classification, based on phylogeny, no longer places humans at the center of nature. Groups of organisms are no longer defined by their general appearance, but by their different individual characteristics. Phylogeny, therefore, by showing common ancestry, outlines a tree of evolutionary relationships from which one can retrace the history of life.

This book diagrams the tree of life according to the most recent methods of classification. By showing how life forms arose and developed and how they are related, The Tree of Life presents a key to the living world in all its dazzling variety.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674021839
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Harvard University Press Reference Library Series, #20
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
904,978
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Life

2. Eubacteria

3. Archaea

4. Eukaryotes

5. Chlorobionta

6. Embryophyta

7. Metazoa

8. Protostomia

9. Mollusca

10. Euarthropoda

11. Deuterostomia

12. Sarcopterygii

13. Mammalia

14. Primata

15. Actinopteryii

Appendixes

Sequenced Genomes

General bibliography

Glossary

Index of common names

Index of Latin names

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