History of Life

ISBN-10: 1405117567
ISBN-13: 9781405117562
Edition: 4th 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Richard Cowen
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List price: $115.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/16/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

This text is aimed at students and anyone interested in the history of life on our planet. It explores the 'whys' of events that occurred, and in this newest edition, it takes a closer look at the evolution of the physical earth and the strong interactions between organisms and environment. The book's coverage includes geography, climate, atmosphere, ocean, and land (a changing stage) while following interplay between organisms. Also new to this edition is a dedicated website which explores additional environmental factors and supplemental topics, and provides interactive exercises, a detailed glossary, key links and all art in downloadable form. The art is also available to instructors on CD-ROM in PowerPoint and Jpeg formats.

Preface
The Origin of Life on Earth
How Geology Works
How Paleontology Works
The Origin of Life
Where Did Life Evolve?
Energy Sources for the First Life
Earth's Earliest Life
How Do We Know the Age of a Fossil?
Life Alters a Planet
Earth's Oldest Rocks
Earth's Oldest Cells
Earth's Early Atmosphere and Climate
Banded Iron Formations
The Oxygen Revolution
Sex and Nuclei: Eukaryotes
Symbiosis and Endosymbiosis
Eukaryotes in the Fossil Record
Evolution and Natural Selection
The Evolution of Sex
The Classification of Eukaryotes
Cladistics
The Evolution of Metazoans
Proterozoic Protists
Evolving Metazoans from Protists
Evolution and Development in Metazoans
The Variety of Metazoans
Snowball or Slushball Earth
The Cambrian Explosion
Ediacaran (Vendian) Animals
The Evolution of Skeletons
The Burgess Fauna
Solving the Cambrian Explosion
Changing Life in a Changing World
Diversity Patterns in the Fossil Record
Global Tectonics and Global Diversity
Changing Faunas Through Time
Increase in Global Diversity
Extinction and Mass Extinctions
The Permo-Triassic (P-T) Extinction
Evolutionary Radiations
The Early Vertebrates
Vertebrate Origins
The Evolution of Jaws
Bony Fishes
Leaving the Water
The Origin of Land Plants
The Earliest Land Floras
Comparing Plant and Animal Evolution
The First Land Animals
Air Breathing
Limbs and Feet: Why Become Tetrapod?
The First Tetrapods
Tetrapods and Amniotes
Early Tetrapods
Amniotes and Amniota
Carboniferous Land Ecology
Early Amniotes and Thermoregulation
The Amniote Radiation
Pelycosaurs
Pelycosaur Biology and Ecology
Vegetarian Pelycosaurs
How Does Herbivory Evolve in Tetrapods?
Thermoregulation in Living Reptiles
Permian Changes
The Invasion of Gondwana
Therapsid Evolution
The Triassic Takeover
Diapsids
The Triassic Diapsid Takeover: The Pattern
Respiration, Metabolism, and Locomotion
Rhynchosaurs
Locomotion and Triassic Archosauromorphs
Dinosaur Ancestors
Dinosaurs
Theropods
Ornithischians
Sauropodomorphs
Dinosaur Paleobiology: Life at Large Size
Dinosaur Behavior
Dinosaur Eggs and Nests
Were Dinosaurs Warmblooded?
Dinosaurs with Feathers
Doubts about Endothermy?
The Evolution of Flight
Flight in Insects
Parachuting Vertebrates
Pterosaurs
Birds
Bats
The Modernization of Land and Sea
Mesozoic Ocean Ecosystems
The Modernization of Land Plants
Mesozoic Plants and Pollination
Mesozoic Plants and Seed Dispersal
Angiosperms and Mesozoic Ecology
The Origin of Mammals
Evolving Mammalian Characters
Mammalian Reproduction
Early Mammals
Therian Mammals
The Inferiority of Mammals
The End of the Dinosaurs
An Asteroid or Cometary Impact?
A Giant Volcanic Eruption?
Did a Catastrophe Cause the Extinctions?
Paleontological Evidence From the K-T Boundary
Cenozoic Mammals: Origins, Guilds, and Trends
The Evolution of Cenozoic Mammals
Ecological Replacement: The Guild Concept
The Savanna Story
Evolution by Improvement
Geography and Evolution
Australia
New Zealand
South America
Africa
Islands and Biogeography
Primates
The Living Prosimians
Earliest Primates
The Origin of Anthropoids
Emergence of the Hominoids
Evolving Toward Humans
Australopithecines
The Appearance (or Not) of Homo
Homo erectus: the First "Real" Homo?
The Origin of Homo sapiens
The Neanderthals
Evolution Among Humans Today
Life in the Ice Age
Ice Ages and Climatic Change
The Present Ice Age
Life and Climate in the Ice Ages
Continental Changes
The Americas
Australia
Island Extinctions
Experienced Faunas
The World Today
Index

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