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Evolving animals : the story of our kingdom

Author: Wallace Arthur
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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Covering all the main animal groups, from jellyfish to vertebrates, this book considers all of these questions and more. Its 30 short chapters, each written in a controversial, non-technical style and accompanied by numerous original illustrations, deal equally with the pattern and the process of evolution - with both evolutionary trees and evolutionary mechanisms. They cover diverse evolutionary themes, including:  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wallace Arthur
ISBN: 9781107049635 1107049636 9781107627956 1107627958
OCLC Number: 876833265
Description: xi, 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. What is an animal? --
2. Before there were animals --
3. How to make a fossil --
4. The Cambrian explosion --
5. How to make a species --
6. Jellyfish and their kin --
7. How to make a tree --
8. The enigmatic urbilaterian --
9. Animal symmetry and heads --
10. A plethora of worms --
11. Trends in animal complexity --
12. Where the octopus is king --
13. How to make an animal --
14. Exoskeletons galore --
15. Extinction --
16. Mouth first, mouth second --
17. Comparing embryos --
18. Larvae, mouthparts and moulting --
19. The animal toolkit --
20. Vertebrate origins and evolution --
21. From water to land to water --
22. Variation and inheritance --
23. Evolutionary novelties --
24. Human origins and evolution --
25. Animal plasticity --
26. The nature of adaptation --
27. The direction of evolution --
28. Animal extremophiles --
29. Extraterrestrial animals? --
30. The ghost in the machine.
Responsibility: Wallace Arthur, Emeritus Professor of Zoology, National University of Ireland, Galway ; illustrations by Stephen Arthur.


Covering all the main animal groups, from jellyfish to mammals, this book considers key questions about evolution. Its conversational, nontechnical style makes it an ideal text for beginning  Read more...
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'Wallace Arthur, a renowned evolutionary biologist, has written another of his excellent and easily approachable books introducing concepts, ideas and evidence of evolution. This new book is written Read more...

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