Animal Evolution: Genomes, Fossils, and Trees

Paperback | September 6, 2009

EditorMaximilian J. Telford, D.T.J. Littlewood

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Animal life, now and over the past half billion years, is incredibly diverse. Describing and understanding the evolution of this diversity of body plans - from vertebrates such as humans and fish to the numerous invertebrate groups including sponges, insects, molluscs, and the many groups ofworms - is a major goal of evolutionary biology. In this book, a group of leading researchers adopt a modern, integrated approach to describe how current molecular genetic techniques and disciplines as diverse as palaeontology, embryology, and genomics have been combined, resulting in a dramaticrenaissance in the study of animal evolution.The last decade has seen growing interest in evolutionary biology fuelled by a wealth of data from molecular biology. Modern phylogenies integrating evidence from molecules, embryological data, and morphology of living and fossil taxa provide a wide consensus of the major branching patterns of thetree of life; moreover, the links between phenotype and genotype are increasingly well understood. This has resulted in a reliable tree of relationships that has been widely accepted and has spawned numerous new and exciting questions that require a reassessment of the origins and radiation ofanimal life. The focus of this volume is at the level of major animal groups, the morphological innovations that define them, and the mechanisms of change to their embryology that have resulted in their evolution. Current research themes and future prospects are highlighted including phylogenyreconstruction, comparative developmental biology, the value of different sources of data and the importance of fossils, homology assessment, character evolution, phylogeny of major groups of animals, and genome evolution. These topics are integrated in the light of a 'new animal phylogeny', toprovide fresh insights into the patterns and processes of animal evolution.Animal Evolution provides a timely and comprehensive statement of progress in the field for academic researchers requiring an authoritative, balanced and up-to-date overview of the topic. It is also intended for both upper level undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in animal evolution,molecular phylogenetics, evo-devo, comparative genomics and associated disciplines.

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Animal life, now and over the past half billion years, is incredibly diverse. Describing and understanding the evolution of this diversity of body plans - from vertebrates such as humans and fish to the numerous invertebrate groups including sponges, insects, molluscs, and the many groups ofworms - is a major goal of evolutionary biol...

Max Telford completed his D.Phil at the University of Oxford in 1993. After a year working in Paris he spent 6 years as a research fellow at The Natural History Museum before taking up a Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellowship in Cambridge in 2000. He moved back to London in 2003 and is now Reader in Zoology in the Dep...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:September 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Peter W.H. Holland: ForewordMaximilian J. Telford and D. Timothy J. Littlewood: IntroductionPart I. Origins of animals1. Graham E. Budd: The earliest fossil record of the animals and its significance2. Kevin J. Peterson, James A. Cotton, James G. Gehling and Davide Pisani: The Ediacaran emergence of bilaterians: congruence between the genetic and the geologic fossil records3. Scott A. Nichols, Mark, J. Dayel and Nicole King: Genomic, phylogenetic, and cell biological insights into metazoan origins4. Andreas Hejnol and Mark Q. Martindale: The mouth, the anus and the blastopore - open questions about questionable openingsPart II. The Bilateria5. Rudolf A. Raff: Metazoan body plan origins: the larval revolution6. Gonzalo Giribet, Casey W. Dunn, Gregory D. Edgecombe, Andreas Hejnol, Mark Q. Martindale and Greg W. Rouse: Assembling the spiralian tree of life7. Detlev Arendt, Alexandru S. Denes, Gaspar Jekely and Kristin Tessmar-Raible: The evolution of nervous system centralisation8. Maximilian J. Telford, Sarah J. Bourlat, Andrew Economou, Daniel Papillon and Omar Rota-Stabelli: The origins and evolution of the Ecdysozoa9. Andrew B. Smith and Billie J. Swalla: Deciphering deuterostome phylogeny: molecular, morphological and palaeontological perspectives10. Christopher J. Lowe: Molecular genetic insights into deuterostome evolution from the direct-developing hemichordate iSaccoglossus kowalevskii/iPart III. Themes and Perspectives11. Ronald A. Jenner and D. Timothy J. Littlewood: Invertebrate Problematica: kinds, causes, and solutions12. Nicolas Lartillot and Herve Philippe: Improvement of molecular phylogenetic inference and the phylogeny of Bilateria13. Jeffrey L. Boore and Susan I. Fuerstenberg: Beyond linear sequence comparisons: the use of genome-level characters for phylogenetic reconstruction14. Richard R. Copley: The animal in the genome: comparative genomics and evolution15. Erik A. Sperling and Kevin J. Peterson: MicroRNAs and metazoan phylogeny: big trees from little genes16. Andrew D. Peel: The evolution of developmental gene networks: lessons from comparative studies on holometabolous insects17. Patricia Beldade and Suzanne V. Saenko: Conserved developmental processes and the evolution of novel traits: wounds, embryos, veins, and butterfly eyespots