Early Vertebrates

Paperback | January 1, 2003

byPhillippe Janvier

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This book presents our current knowledge of the early vertebrates, which were mainly fish, but included some land vertebrates, and lived 470 to 250 million years ago. It centres on anatomical and phylogenetic questions, but includes information about fossil discovery and preparation, as wellas the analysis of the characteristics from which their relationships may be reconstructed. It addresses critically both old and new problems in the evolution of certain anatomical structures and deals briefly with the animals' way of life, extinction, and former distribution.In addition, the author gives a potted history of the field of vertebrate palaentology and the rise of cladistics, a cmajor methodological revolution in comparative biology. The book is the first in this field to use a cladistic approach. For each major vertebrate group, the reader will find a diagram or relationships, or cladogram, with a selection of characters at each node, and a succinct phlyogenetic classification.

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This book presents our current knowledge of the early vertebrates, which were mainly fish, but included some land vertebrates, and lived 470 to 250 million years ago. It centres on anatomical and phylogenetic questions, but includes information about fossil discovery and preparation, as wellas the analysis of the characteristics from w...

Phillippe Janvier is at the National Museum of Natural History, Paris.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198526466

ISBN - 13:9780198526469

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Introduction1. What, where and when? Early vertebrates as we imagine them2. From rocks to theories: techniques of preparation and methods of analysis3. A look at extant vertebrates4. Early vertebrates and their extant relatives5. Interrelationships of the major craniate taxa: current phylogenetic theories and controversies6. Anatomical philosophy: homologies, transformations and character phylogenies7. Evolution and life history8. Women, men, and early vertebratesEpilogue

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`...a bench mark in the subject. It is full of information, well-written and presented, but above all wise. You come away with the feeling that this book has been written by someone who not only knows a great deal about his subject, but also cares about it with some passion. It is actuallyinspiring to my mind in a way that few books in the subject area of vertebrate paleontology have managed since those of Al Romer and E.C. Olson.'David B. Norman, Geological Magazine, vol 135 -pt 3, 1998