Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record

ISBN-10: 1405141573
ISBN-13: 9781405141574
Edition: 2nd 2009
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Book details

List price: $102.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/2/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

A comprehensive overview of the paelobiology. Paleobiologists use many analytical tools to interpret the fossil record, and this book introduces the latest techniques, from multivariate investigations of biogeography and biostratigraphy to engineering analysis of dinosaur skulls, and from homeobox genes to cladistics.

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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