The Evolution of Plants

Paperback | January 6, 2014

byKathy Willis, Jennifer McElwain

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Plants first colonized the land over 430 million years ago, having evolved from some of the most primitive forms of life. Since then, plants have played a major role in supplying the atmospheric oxygen we all need to survive. But how did plants evolve, how has their distribution and diversitybeen affected by changes in climate over millions of years - and how can these processes be studied?The Evolution of Plants blends evidence from the fossil record and data from biomolecular studies to tell the story of plant evolution from the earliest forms of life to the present day. Focusing on the key events during the evolution of plants - from the colonization of land to the first forests,the emergence of seed plants to the evolution of flowering plants - its straightforward explanations and clear illustrations provide the reader with the most accessible introduction to plant evolution available.With stunning biome maps illustrating the global distribution of plants during the different periods of life on Earth, the book explains how the diversity of vegetation has changed in response to climate, reinforcing the close link between climate change and the process of biological evolution. It is a contemporary account of a dynamic field, which is perfect for any student looking for a broad, balanced introduction to the subject.Online Resource CentreThe Online Resource Centre to accompany The Evolution of Plants features:- figures from the book in electronic format, for use by registered adopters;- Journal Clubs, which encourage students to critically evaluate and engage with published research related to topics explored in the book

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Plants first colonized the land over 430 million years ago, having evolved from some of the most primitive forms of life. Since then, plants have played a major role in supplying the atmospheric oxygen we all need to survive. But how did plants evolve, how has their distribution and diversitybeen affected by changes in climate over mil...

Kathy Willis is Director of the Biodiversity Institute in the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow at Merton College. She gained her first degree in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Southampton, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in Plant Sciences. In her early pos...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:January 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019929223X

ISBN - 13:9780199292233

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1. The evolutionary record and methods of reconstruction2. Earliest forms of plant life3. The colonization of land4. The first forests5. Major emergence of the seed plants6. Flowering plant origins7. The past 65 million years8. Mass extinctions and persistent populations9. Ancient DNA and the biomolecular record10. Evolutionary theories and the plant fossil record

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Review from previous edition: "This is one of those rare books that one can honestly label 'outstanding'" --Amazon