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Introduction To Paleobiology And The Fossil Record

Author: Michael Benton
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118685407
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This book presents a comprehensive overview of the science of thehistory of life. Paleobiologists bring many analytical tools tobear in interpreting the fossil record and the book introduces thelatest techniques, from multivariate investigations of biogeographyand biostratigraphy to engineering analysis of dinosaur skulls, andfrom homeobox genes to cladistics. All the well-known fossil groups are included, includingmicrofossils and invertebrates, but an important feature is thethorough coverage of plants, vertebrates and trace fossils togetherwith discussion of the origins of both life and the metazoans. Allkey related subjects are introduced, such as systematics, ecology,evolution and development, stratigraphy and their roles inunderstanding where life came from and how it evolved anddiversified. Unique features of the book are the numerous case studies fromcurrent research that lead students to the primary literature,analytical and mathematical explanations and tools, together withassociated problem sets and practical schedules for instructors andstudents. “..any serious student of geology who does not pick thisbook off the shelf will be putting themselves at a hugedisadvantage. The material may be complex, but the text isextremely accessible and well organized, and the book ought to beessential reading for palaeontologists at undergraduate,postgraduate and more advanced levels—both in Britain as wellas in North America.” Falcon-Lang, H., Proc. Geol.Assoc. 2010 “…this is an excellent introduction to palaeontologyin general. It is well structured, accessibly written andpleasantly informative …..I would recommend this as astandard reference text to all my students withouthesitation.” David Norman Geol Mag 2010 Companion website This book includes a companion website at: ahref="" The website includes: · Anongoing database of additional Practical’s prepared bythe authors · Figuresfrom the text for downloading · Usefullinks for each chapter · Updatesfrom the authors

Bringing Fossils To Life An Introduction To Paleobiology

Author: Donald Prothero
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
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This is the first text to combine both paleontology and paleobiology. Traditional textbooks treat these separately, despite the recent trend to combine them in teaching. It bridges the gap between purely theoretical paleobiology and purely descriptive invertebrate paleontology books. The text is targeted at undergraduate geology and biology majors, with the emphasis on organisms, rather than dead objects to be described and catalogued. Current ideas from modern biology, ecology, population genetics, and many other concepts will be applied to the study of the fossil record.

Bringing Fossils To Life

Author: Donald R. Prothero
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science, Engineering & Mathematics
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Would you like to go beyond a focus on taxonomy and anatomy of major phyla of fossil invertebrates and include some of the exciting ideas of paleobiology? This book, by noted author Donald R. Prothero, is the first to combine paleobiology with paleontology topics. Written in a manner that will not intimidate, this is an accessible text for students with limited backgrounds in geology or biology. Current ideas from modern biology, ecology, population genetics, and many other concepts will be applied to the study of the fossil record.

Species And Speciation In The Fossil Record

Author: Warren D. Allmon
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022637744X
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The literature of paleobiology is brimming with qualifiers and cautions about using species in the fossil record, or equating such species with those recognized among living organisms. Species and Speciation in the Fossil Record digs through this literature and surveys the recent research on species in paleobiology. In these pages, experts in the field examine what they think species are in their particular taxon of specialty or more generally in the fossil record. They also reflect on what the answers mean for thinking about species in macroevolution. The first step in this approach is an overview of the Modern Synthesis, and paleobiology s development of quantitative ways of documenting and analyzing variation with fossil assemblages. Following that, this volume s central chapters explore the challenges of recognizing and defining species from fossil specimens, and show how with careful interpretation and a clear species concept, fossil species may be sufficiently robust for meaningful paleobiological analyses. Tempo and mode of speciation over time are also explored, exhibiting how the concept of species, if more refined, can reveal enormous amounts about the interplay between species origins and extinction and local and global climate change."

Umweltgeschichte In Beispielen

Author: Bernd Herrmann
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658154330
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Dieses essential widmet sich der Umweltgeschichte als Darstellung des Verhältnisses von Menschen zu ihrer Umwelt in historischer Perspektive. Die Autoren behandeln auf der Basis exemplarisch ausgewählter Abbildungen relevante Fragen und Problemfelder der Umweltgeschichte. Diese reichen vom wissenschaftshistorischen über den wissenschaftssystematischen Kommentar bis hin zu Anmerkungen einzelner historischer Umweltszenarien mit exemplarischem Charakter. Der Leser erfährt, warum Umweltgeschichte ein unverzichtbarer Bestandteil der ökologischen Orientierung und Grundbildung sowie das Fundament jeder Kulturgeschichte ist.