Vertebrate Palaeontology

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 5, 2009 - 472 páginas
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.
  • Highlights astonishing new discoveries including new dinosaurs and Mesozoic birds from China
  • features a new 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
  • new features aid study including new functional and developmental feature spreads, key questions and extensive references to useful web sites
  • strong phylogenetic focus making it an up-to-date source of the latest broad-scale systematic data on vertebrate evolution

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Contenido

CHAPTER 2 How to Study Fossil Vertebrates
16
CHAPTER 3 Early Palaeozoic Fishes
38
CHAPTER 4 The Early Tetrapods and Amphibians
74
CHAPTER 5 The Evolution of Early Amniotes
106
CHAPTER 6 Tetrapods of the Triassic
136
CHAPTER 7 The Evolution of Fishes after the Devonian
158
CHAPTER 8 The Age of Dinosaurs
187
CHAPTER 9 The Birds
256
CHAPTER 10 The Mammals
288
CHAPTER 11 Human Evolution
363
Classification of the vertebrates
389
Glossary
404
References
408
Index
439
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Michael 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.

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