The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 26, 2011

byPeter Holland

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The animal world is immensely diverse, and our understanding of it has been greatly enhanced by analysis of DNA and the study of evolution and development ("evo-devo"). In this Very Short Introduction Peter Holland presents a modern tour of the animal kingdom. Beginning with the definition ofanimals (not obvious in biological terms), he takes the reader through the high-level groupings of animals (phyla) and new views on their evolutionary relationships based on molecular data, together with an overview of the biology of each group of animals. The phylogenetic view is central to zoologytoday and the volume will be of great value to all students of the life sciences, as well as providing a concise summary for the interested general reader.

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The animal world is immensely diverse, and our understanding of it has been greatly enhanced by analysis of DNA and the study of evolution and development ("evo-devo"). In this Very Short Introduction Peter Holland presents a modern tour of the animal kingdom. Beginning with the definition ofanimals (not obvious in biological terms), h...

Peter Holland is Linacre Professor of Zoology and Associate Head of Department, as well as Fellow of Merton College. After a degree in Zoology and a PhD in Genetics he has spent the last 20 years undertaking and directing research into the evolution of the animal kingdom, focussing primarily on the genetic and developmental difference...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:October 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199593213

ISBN - 13:9780199593217

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Table of Contents

1. What is an animal?2. Animal phyla3. The evolutionary tree of animals4. Basal animals: corals, sponges and jellyfish5. The bilaterians: building a body6. Lophotrochozoa: wondrous worms7. Ecdysozoa: insects and nematodes8. Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts and amphioxus9. Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates10. Deuterostomes III: vertebrates on land11. Enigmatic animalsFurther reading