Assembling the Tree of Life

Hardcover | March 23, 2005

EditorJoel Cracraft, Michael J. Donoghue

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This edited volume is provides an authoritative synthesis of knowledge about the history of life. All the major groups of organisms are treated, by the leading workers in their fields. With sections on: The Importance of Knowing the Tree of Life; The Origin and Radiation of Life on Earth;The Relationships of Green Plants; The Relationships of Fungi; and The Relationships of Animals. This book should prove indispensable for evolutionary biologists, taxonomists, ecologists interested in biodiversity, and as a baseline sourcebook for organismic biologists, botanists, andmicrobiologists. An essential reference in this fundamental area.

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This edited volume is provides an authoritative synthesis of knowledge about the history of life. All the major groups of organisms are treated, by the leading workers in their fields. With sections on: The Importance of Knowing the Tree of Life; The Origin and Radiation of Life on Earth;The Relationships of Green Plants; The Relatio...

Joel Cracraft is at American Museum of Natural History. Michael J. Donoghue is at Yale University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 8.7 × 10.98 × 1.5 inPublished:March 23, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsIntroduction: Charting the Tree of LifeMichael J. Donoghue and Joel Cracraft: The Importance of Knowing the Tree of Life1. Terry L. Yates, Jorge Salazar-Bravo, and Jerry W. Dragoo: The Importance of the Tree of Life to Society2. Rita R. Colwell: A Tangled Bank: Reflections on the Tree of Life and Human Health3. Douglas J. Futuyma: The Fruit of the Tree of Life: Insights into Evolution and EcologyThe Origin and Radiation of Life on Earth4. S.L. Baldauf, D. Bhattacharya, J. Cockrill, P. Hugenholtz, J. Pawlowski, and G.B. Simpson: The Tree of Life: An Overview5. Norman R. Pace: The Early Branches in the Tree of Life6. W. Ford Doolittle: Bacteria and Archaea7. Herve Philippe: The Origin and Radiation of Eucaryotes8. David P. Mindell, Joshua S. Rest, and Luis P. Villarreal: Viruses and the Tree of LifeThe Relationships of Green Plants9. Charles F. Delwiche, Robert A. Anderson, Debashish Bhattacharya, Brent D. Mishler, and Richard M. McCourt: Algal Evolution and the Early Radiation of Green Plants10. Kathleen M. Pryer, Harald Schneider, and Susana Magallon: The Radiation of Vascular Plants11. Pamela S. Soltis, Douglas E. Soltis, Mark W. Chase, Peter K. Endress, and Peter R. Crane: The Diversification of Flowering PlantsThe Relationship of Fungi12. John W. Taylor, Joseph Spatafora, Kerry O'Donnell, Francois Lutzoni, Timothy James, David S. Hibbett, David Geiser, Thomas D. Bruns, and Meredith Blackwell: The FungiThe Relationships of Animals: Overview13. Douglas J. Eernisse and Kevin J. Peterson: The History of Animals14. Protostomes and Platyhelminthes: The Worm's TurnD. Timothy, J. Littlewood, Maximilian J. Telford, and Rodney A. Bray: The Relationship of Animals: Lophotrochozoans15. Mark E. Siddall, Elizabeth Borda, and Gregory W. Rouse: Toward a Tree of Life for Annelida16. David R. Lindberg, Winston F. Ponder, and Gerhard Haszprunar: The Mollusca: Relationships and Patterns from Their First Half-Billion YearsThe Relationships of Animals: Ecdysozoans17. Ward C. Wheeler, Gonzalo Giribet, and Gregory D. Edgecombe: Arthropod Systematics: The Comparative Study of Genomic, Anatomical, and Paleontological Information18. Jonathan A. Coddington, Gonzalo Giribet, Mark S. Harvey, Lorenzo Prendini, and David E. Walter: Arachnida19. Frederick R. Schram and Stefan Koenemann: Are the Crustaceans Monophyletic?20. Rainer Willmann: Phylogenetic Relationship and Evolution of Insects21. Michael F. Whiting: Phylogeny of the Holometabolous Insects: The Most Successful Group of Terrestrial OrganismsThe Relationships of Animals: Deuterostomes22. Andrew B. Smith, Kevin J. Peterson, Gregory Wray, and D.T. Littlewood: From Bilateral Symmetry to Pentaradiality: The Phylogeny of Hemichordates and Echinoderms23. Timothy Rowe: Chordate Phylogeny and Development24. M.L.J. Stiassny, E.O. Wiley, G.D. Johnson, and M.R. de Carvalho: Gnathostome Fishes25. David Cannatella and David M. Hillis: Amphibians: Leading a Life of Slime26. Michael S.Y. Lee, Todd W. Reeder, Joseph B. Slowinski, and Robin Lawson: Resolving Reptile Relationships: Molecular and Morphological Markers27. Joel Cracraft, F. Keith Barker, Michael Braun, John Harshman, Gareth J. Dyke, Julie Feinstein, Scott Stanley, Alice Cibois, Peter Schikler, Pamela Beresford, Jaime Garcia-Moreno, Michael D. Sorenson, Tamaki Yuri, and David P. Mindell: Phylogenetic Relationships among Modern Birds (Neornithes):Toward an Avian Tree of Life28. Maureen A. O'Leary, Marc Allard, Michael J. Novacek, Jin Meng, and John Gatesy: Building the Mammalian Sector of the Tree of Life: Combining Different Data and a Discussion of Divergence Times for Placental Mammals29. Bernard Wood and Paul Constantino: Human Origins: Life at the Top of the TreePerspectives on the Tree of Life30. The Meaning of Biodiversity and the Tree of LifeEdward O. Wilson: 31. David B. Wake: A Tree Grows in Manhattan32. The Tree of Life and the Grand Synthesis of BiologyDavid M. Hillis: 33. Michael J. Donoghue: Immeasurable Progress on the Tree of Life34. Joel Cracraft and Michael J. Donoghue: Assembling the Tree of Life: Where We Stand at the Beginning of the 21st CenturyIndex

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"...individual chapters will be useful for those seeking a meaty overview of a particular clade. Most of the systematic chapters are written by the premier experts in the area and include a brief synapsis of the morphology of the groupm, some anatomical highlights and comments on diversity.The better chapters include detailed and critical commentaries on previous phylogenetic analyses and discuss where they might have gone wrong; the chapter by Maureen A. O'Leary and colleagues on mammalian phylogeny is particular noteworthy in this regard." -- American Scientist