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The Origin of Higher Taxa: Palaeobiological, developmental, and ecological perspectives

T.S. Kemp


The book addresses the rarely discussed question of how new higher taxa such as orders, classes, and phyla evolve. There are two focal issues: how the tight functional integration amongst the parts of successive phenotypes is maintained in a lineage undergoing large evolutionary changes in many of the parts, and what drives the lineage in the particular and more or less consistent direction it takes to culminate in the new higher taxon. Evidence from the nature of organismal structure, palaeobiology, developmental biology, and ecology are considered, along with a review of those parts of the f ... More

Keywords: macroevolution, correlated progression, modularity, higher taxa, palaeobiology, adaptive landscape, evolvability, evolutionary morphology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691883
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691883.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

T.S. Kemp, author
Emeritus Research Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, Honorary Research Associate of the University Museum of Natural History, Oxford