Vertebrate Palaeontology / Edition 3

Vertebrate Palaeontology / Edition 3

by Michael J. Benton, John Sibbick, M. J. Benton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0632056371

ISBN-13: 9780632056378

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Wiley

Vertebrate Palaeontology is a complete, up-to-date history of the evolution of vertebrates. The third edition of this popular text has been extensively revised to incorporate the latest research, including new material from North and South America, Australia, Europe, China, Africa and Russia.

The third edition:

• highlights astonishing new

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Overview

Vertebrate Palaeontology is a complete, up-to-date history of the evolution of vertebrates. The third edition of this popular text has been extensively revised to incorporate the latest research, including new material from North and South America, Australia, Europe, China, Africa and Russia.

The third edition:

• highlights astonishing new discoveries including new dinosaurs and Mesozoic birds from China

• features an expanded chapter on how to study fossil vertebrates

• provides an increased emphasis on the cladistic framework, with cladograms set apart from the body of the text and full lists of diagnostic characters

• includes new molecular evidence on early mammal diversification

• presents new features to aid study, including new functional and developmental feature spreads, key questions and extensive references to useful web sites

The book has a strong phylogenetic focus making it an up-to-date source of the latest broad-scale systematic data on vertebrate evolution. This book will be essential reading for vertebrate palaeontology students in earth science and biology departments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780632056378
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

1Vertebrate origin1
2How to study fossil vertebrates16
3Early Palaeozoic fishes38
4The early tetrapods and amphibians74
5The evolution of early amniotes106
6Tetrapods of the Triassic136
7The evolution of fishes after the Devonian158
8The age of dinosaurs187
9The birds256
10The mammals288
11Human evolution363
AppClassification of the vertebrates389

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