Animal Kingdom

ISBN-10: 0199593213

ISBN-13: 9780199593217

Edition: 2011

Authors: Peter Holland

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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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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242

Acknowledgements
List of illustrations
What is an animal?
Animal phyla
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
Enigmatic animals
Further reading
Index
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