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Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record

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Pub. Date:
2/2/2009
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Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the science of the history of life. Paleobiologists bring many analytical tools to bear in interpreting the fossil record and the book introduces the latest techniques, from multivariate investigations of biogeography and biostratigraphy to engineering analysis of dinosaur skulls, and from homeobox genes to cladistics.All the well-known fossil groups are included, including microfossils and invertebrates, but an important feature is the thorough coverage of plants, vertebrates and trace fossils together with discussion of the origins of both life and the metazoans. All key related subjects are introduced, such as systematics, ecology, evolution and development, stratigraphy and their roles in understanding where life came from and how it evolved and diversified.Unique features of the book are the numerous case studies from current research that lead students to the primary literature, analytical and mathematical explanations and tools, together with associated problem sets and practical schedules for instructors and students.Companion websiteThis book includes a companion website at:www.blackwellpublishing.com/paleobiologyThe website includes:+ An ongoing database of additional Practical's prepared by the authors+ Figures from the text for downloading+ Useful links for each chapter+ Updates from the authors

Author Biography

Michael J. Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol. He is interested particularly in early reptiles, Triassic dinosaurs and macroevolution, and has published 50 books and 160 scientific articles.

David Harper is a leading expert on fossil brachiopods and numerical methods in palaeontology. He is Professor of Palaeontology in the University of Copenhagen, where he is currently Head of Geology in the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He has published over 10 books and monographs, including a couple of influential textbooks, as well as over 250 scientific articles and, together with Øyvind Hammer, the widely-used software package PAST. His time is divided between collection management, exhibition work, research and some teaching.

Table of Contents

Preface
Paleontology as a science
Paleontology in the modern world
Paleontology as a science
Steps to understanding
Fossils and evolution
Paleontology today
Review questions
References
Further reading
Fossils in time and space
Frameworks
On the ground: lithostratigraphy
Use of fossils: discovery of biostratigraphy
Paleobiogeography
Fossils in fold belts
Review questions
References
Further reading
Taphonomy and the quality of the fossil record
Fossil preservation
Quality of the fossil record
Review questions
References
Further reading
Paleoecology and paleoclimates
Paleoecology
Paleoclimates
Review questions
References
Further reading
Macroevolution and the tree of life
Evolution by natural selection
Evolution and the fossil record
The tree of life
Review questions
References
Further reading
Fossil form and function
Growth and form
Evolution and development
Interpreting the function of fossils
Review questions
References
Further reading
Mass extinctions and biodiversity loss
Mass extinctions
The ˘big five÷ mass extinction events
Extinction then and now
Review questions
References
Further reading
The origin of life
The origin of life
Evidence for the origin of life
Life diversifies: eukaryotes
Review questions
References
Further reading
Protists
Protista: introduction
Eukaryotes arrive center stage
Protozoa
Chromista
Review questions
References
Further reading
Origin of the metazoans
Origins and classification
Four key faunas
Soft-bodied invertebrates
Review questions
References
Further reading
The basal metazoans: sponges and corals
Porifera
Cnidaria
Review questions
References
Further reading
Spiralians 1: lophophorates
Brachiopoda
Bryozoa
Review questions
Further reading
References
Spiralians 2: mollusks
Mollusks: introduction
Early mollusks
Class Bivalvia
Class Gastropoda
Class Cephalopoda
Class Scaphopoda
Class Rostroconcha
Evolutionary trends within the Mollusca
Review questions
References
Further reading
Ecdysozoa: arthropods
Arthropods: introduction
Early arthropod faunas
Subphylum Trilobitomorpha
Subphylum Chelicerata
Subphylum Myriapoda
Subphylum Hexapoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Review questions
References
Further reading
Deuterostomes: echinoderms and hemichordates
Echinoderms
Hemichordates
Review questions
References
Further reading
Fishes and basal tetrapods
Origin of the vertebrates
Jaws and fish evolution
Tetrapods
Reign of the reptiles
Review questions
References
Further reading
Dinosaurs and mammals
Dinosaurs and their kin
Bird evolution
Rise of the mammals
The line to humans
Review questions
References
Further reading
Fossil plants
Terrestrialization of plants
The great coal forests
Seed-bearing plants
Flowering plants
Review questions
References
Further reading
Trace fossils
Understanding trace fossils
Trace fossils in sediments
Review questions
References
Further reading
Diversification of life
The diversification of life
Trends and radiations
Ten major steps
Review questions
References
Further reading
Glossary
Stratigraphic chart
Paleogeographic maps
Index
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