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Introduction to paleobiology and the fossil record

Author: M J Benton; D A T Harper
Publisher: Chichester, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
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This book presents a comprehensive overview of the science of the history of life. Paleobiologists bring many analytical tools to bear in interpreting the fossil record and the book introduces the latest techniques, from multivariate investigations of biogeography and biostratigraphy to engineering analysis of dinosaur skulls, and from homeobox genes to cladistics. All the well-known fossil groups are included,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Benton, M.J. (Michael J.).
Introduction to paleobiology and the fossil record.
Chichester, UK ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
(DLC) 2008015534
(OCoLC)213775572
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M J Benton; D A T Harper
ISBN: 9781444303209 1444303201
OCLC Number: 317321720
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 592 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Paleontology as a science --
Fossils in time and space --
Taphonomy and quality of the fossil record --
Paleoecology and paleoclimates --
Macroevolution and the tree of life --
Fossil form and function --
Mass extinctions and biodiversity loss --
The origin of life --
Protists --
Origin of the metazoans --
The basal metazoans --
Spiralians I --
Spiralians 2 --
Ecdysozoa --
Deuterostomes echinoderms and hemichordates --
Fishes and basal tetrapods --
Dinosaurs and mammals --
Fossil plants --
Trace fossils --
Diversification of life.
Responsibility: Michael J. Benton, University of Bristol, UK ; David A. T. Harper, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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