The Tree of Life by Pablo VargasThe Tree of Life by Pablo Vargas

The Tree of Life

byPablo Vargas, Rafael Zardoya

Hardcover | August 6, 2014

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The past two decades have seen revolutionary progress in our ability to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and classify living things, thanks to improved methods of inference and a wealth of DNA sequencing research. The Tree of Life condenses this knowledge into 44 chapters of the ultimatephylogenetic tree, providing for the first time a comprehensive overview of evolutionary relationships for the main groups of living organisms. Each chapter is authored by experts, and appropriate chapters feature these elements:*Chapter-opening evolutionary tree for each group of organisms*Genome characteristics*Phylogenetic results contrasted with previous classifications*Evolution of characters*Evolutionary tendencies*Biogeography and biodiversity*Differentiation and speciation*Open questions*Basic bibliography*Basic termsIn addition, 11 more chapters on evolution-influencing factors (e.g., symbiosis, biogeography), systematics, and phylogenetic techniques are included. This indispensable book will serve college and graduate students, university teachers, life science researchers, and other professionals who requireclassification in an evolutionary framework through which their own comparative biological data can be interpreted.
Pablo Vargas is Senior Scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid. His educational background includes a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Botany at the Complutense University (Madrid). He also earned his Ph.D. at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid and completed a four-year postdoctoral...
Title:The Tree of LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:11.18 × 8.19 × 1.3 inPublished:August 6, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1605352292

ISBN - 13:9781605352299


Editorial Reviews

"This exquisite summary of the phylogeny of major groups of life provides one of the most comprehensive and useful overviews of biodiversity available. Each chapter is written by a leading expert in the respective taxonomic group. This will be an important reference for anyone interested inlife's diversity and evolutionary relationships." --David M. Hillis, University of Texas at Austin