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Evolutionary Trends

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ISBN 10: 0816512337 / ISBN 13: 9780816512331
Published by Univ of Arizona Pr, 1991
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Title: Evolutionary Trends

Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr

Publication Date: 1991

Book Condition: Good

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The study of the history of life encompasses the origins of species to their demise: evolution to extinction. Based on studies of the fossil record, this book examines the directionality of evolution, a fundamental aspect of life history that has received comparatively little attention in recent times. In addition to describing evolutionary trends from the intraspecific level to macroevolutionary changes in a range of invertebrate and vertebrate organisms, the book's contributors explain why it is that organisms have evolved in the direction that they have. Their insights provide students and researchers of palaeontology and biology with a state-of-the-art coverage of one of the most important aspects of evolutionary biology.The first part of the book examines questions such as the relevant significance of adaptive or non-adaptive evolutionary trends; the relative roles of intrinsic factors, such as differential speciation and environmental change, on the generation of trends; and evolutionary trends in body size. The second part describes and interprets evolutionary trends in various intervertebrate groups: trilobites, bivalves, ammonoids, orinoids, echinoids and bryozoans. The third part covers fishes, reptiles, and mammals.


"A challenging book, both for its high degree of technical sophistication and the frontal attack it makes on some long-cherished notions about evolutionary development."—Choice"The reiteration of common themes makes this book an unexpected treasure-trove for the biologically curious."—Nature"Sets up some good markers for prospective work on evolutionary trends, and will be helpful to future researchers seeking to bridge the gap between concepts and data."—Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters"The quality of the diverse contributions to this book is high, with well-written and well-illustrated chapters making reasonable points and well argued cases."—Paleogeography Paeoclimatology Paleoecology (The Netherlands)

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