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Description: The animal world is immensely diverse, and our understanding of it has been greatly enhanced by analysis of DNA and the study of evolution and development ('evo-devo'). In this Very Short Introduction Peter Holland presents a modern tour of the animal kingdom. Beginning with the definition of animals (not obvious in biological terms), he takes the reader through the high-level groupings of animals (phyla) and new views on their evolutionary relationships based on molecular data,together with an overview of the biology of each group of animals. The phylogenetic view is central to zoology today and the volume will be of great value to all students of the life sciences, as well as providing a concise summary for the interested general reader.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2011
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
|List of illustrations|
|What is an animal?|
|The evolutionary tree of animals|
|Basal animals: sponges, corals, and jellyfish|
|The bilaterians: building a body|
|Lophotrochozoa: wondrous worms|
|Ecdysozoa: insects and nematodes|
|Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts, and amphioxus|
|Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates|
|Deuterostomes III: vertebrates on land|