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Animal Evolution: Genomes, Fossils, and Trees

Maximilian J. Telford and D.T.J. Littlewood


Animal life, now and over the past half billion years, is incredibly diverse. Describing and understanding the evolution of this diversity of body plans — from vertebrates such as humans and fish to the numerous invertebrate groups including sponges, insects, molluscs, and the many groups of worms — is a major goal of evolutionary biology. This book adopts a modern, integrated approach to describe how current molecular genetic techniques and disciplines as diverse as palaeontology, embryology, and genomics have been combined, resulting in a dramatic renaissance in the study of animal evolution ... More

Keywords: Metazoa, evo-devo, systematics, evolution, genomes

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199549429
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maximilian J. Telford, editor
Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment, University College London

D.T.J. Littlewood, editor
The Natural History Museum, London

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PART I Origins of animals

PART II The Bilateria

CHAPTER 6 Assembling the spiralian tree of life

Gonzalo Giribet, Casey W. Dunn, Gregory D. Edgecombe, Andreas Hejnol, Mark Q. Martindale, and Greg W. Rouse

CHAPTER 7 The evolution of nervous system centralization

Detlev Arendt, Alexandru S. Denes, Gáspár Jékely, and Kristin Tessmar-Raible

CHAPTER 8 The origins and evolution of the Ecdysozoa

Maximilian J. Telford, Sarah J. Bourlat, Andrew Economou, Daniel Papillon, and Omar Rota-Stabelli

PART III Themes and perspectives

CHAPTER 11 Invertebrate Problematica: kinds, causes, and solutions

Ronald A. Jenner, D. Timothy, and J. Littlewood

CHAPTER 18 Reassembling animal evolution: a four-dimensional puzzle

Maximilian J. Telford, D. Timothy, and J. Littlewood