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

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199549429

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549429.001.0001

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Reassembling animal evolution: a four-dimensional puzzle

Reassembling animal evolution: a four-dimensional puzzle

(p.191) CHAPTER 18 Reassembling animal evolution: a four-dimensional puzzle
Animal Evolution

Maximilian J. Telford

D. Timothy

J. Littlewood

Oxford University Press

Drawing from the recent literature and the contributions in this volume this chapter considers some of the recent progress made in the study of animal evolution and the hurdles that remain. Modern approaches to the study of animal evolution integrate palaeontology, evo-devo, phylogenetics, and data from genomes each in the pursuit of a greater understanding of homology as a means of revealing patterns and processes through time and across multiple levels of biological organization. Gaps in our knowledge are inevitable, but with caution, careful sampling and keeping an eye towards new technologies and opportunities, we should not be deterred from inferring the patterns and processes we wish to untangle.

Keywords:   summary, perspective, future prospects, new technologies

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