Problematic Fossil Taxa by Antoni Hoffman

Problematic Fossil Taxa

EditorAntoni Hoffman, Matthew H. Nitecki

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Problematic fossils--those groups of organisms that do not fit conveniently into any existing phylum--play a pivotal role in the reconstruction of the history of life, being in effect "early experiments." This lavishly illustrated volume provides careful analyses and descriptions--inanatomical, functional, and developmental terms--of most of the major problematic fossil taxa. Sixteen original papers, written by internationally recognized scholars, discuss the features that make these taxa problematic and that provide clues to their phylogenetic relationships. SincePrecambrian groups have been well covered in the existing literature, Hoffman and Nitecki focus on Paleozoic, and especially Early Paleozoic organisms, although Precambrian biota are also discussed.

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Antoni Hoffman is at Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw and Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, Columbia University. Matthew H. Nitecki is at Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.

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Title:Problematic Fossil TaxaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:277 pages, 9.84 × 6.69 × 0 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195039920

ISBN - 13:9780195039924

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Table of Contents

ContributorsForeword: Why and How to Do Problematica1. Introduction: The Problem of the Problematica2. The Puzzle of Alga-Like Problematica or Rummaging Around in the Algal Wastebasket3. Receptaculitids and Their Relationship to Other Problematic Fossils4. Radiocyathids5. Considerations on Systematic Placement of the Styliolines (Incertae Sedis: Devonian)6. Precambrian Problematic Animals: Their Body Plan and Phylogeny7. Chondrophorine Hydrozoans as Problematic Fossils8. Problematica of the Early Cambrian9. The Cambrian Net-Like Fossil Microdictyon10. Turrilepadida and Other Machaeridia11. The Phylum Conulariida12. Early Stromatoporoids13. Problematica from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia14. The Enigma of Graptolite Ancestry: Lesson from a Phylogenetic Debate15. Conodonts16. Chordate Affinities of the ConodontsAuthor Index; Subject Index

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"Well produced, with very good illustrations and three types of index. Paleontologists should be acquainted with this book and it deserves to be in every geological departmental library." --Geology Magazine