Before the Backbone: Views on the origin of the vertebrates by H. GeeBefore the Backbone: Views on the origin of the vertebrates by H. Gee

Before the Backbone: Views on the origin of the vertebrates

byH. Gee

Paperback | November 13, 2013

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We cannot catechise our stony ichthyolites, as did the necromantic lady of the Arabian Nights did the coloured fishes of the lake which had once been a city, when she touched their dead bodies with her wand, and they straightaway raised their heads and rephed to her queries. We would have many a question to ask them if we could - questions never to be solved. Hugh Miller, The Old Red Sandstone When I started this book in 1991, the subject of vertebrate origins was fusty and unfashionable. Early drafts for this preface read like an extend­ ed complaint at the lot of traditional morphologists, cast aside by the march of modern molecular biology. But no longer - this book should reach you at a time of renewed inter­ est in the origin of the vertebrates, our own particular corner of creation. For although the topic has excited interest for well over a century, molec­ ular biology has only lately achieved the maturity necessary to test its predictions. As a legitimate field of study, it is fashionable again.
Title:Before the Backbone: Views on the origin of the vertebratesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:346 pagesPublished:November 13, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. The origins of vertebrates. Head to head. Jefferies' calcichordate theory. Conclusions.

Editorial Reviews

Henry Gee has admirably mastered a formidable library of scattered reference to bring this timely book together...Palaeontologists, zoologists and geneticists should read this book and learn from it. - Endeavour The book is a true mine of information. - Ethology Ecology & Evolution Before the Backbone is certainly a valuable addition to my bookshelf, and I commend it to all of those interested in vertebrates in particular or in metazoan phylogeny as a whole. - Geological Magazine