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The Cambrian explosion : the construction of animal biodiversity

Author: Douglas H Erwin; James W Valentine
Publisher: Greenwood Village, Colorado : Roberts and Company, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Cambrian Period records one of the most extraordinary transitions in the history of life. Although animals may have first appeared nearly 700 million years ago, with the earliest sponges, their initial diversifications appear to have been modest until a richly diverse fossil fauna appeared relatively abruptly about 170 million years later. In The Cambrian Explosion, Erwin and Valentine synthesize research from  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas H Erwin; James W Valentine
ISBN: 9781936221035 1936221039
OCLC Number: 441208141
Description: x, 406 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 27 cm
Contents: Historical and geological settings. The geological context of Ediacaran and Cambrian events ; The environmental context of the Ediacaran and early Cambrian --
The record of early Metazoan evolution. The Metazoan tree of life ; Dawn of animals : the Ediacara biota ; Metazoan architectures of the Cambrian explosion --
Biological processes. The origin and evolution of Metazoan ecosystems ; The evolution of the Metazoan genome and the Cambrian explosion --
Evolutionary dynamics of the Cambrian explosion. Ghostly ancestors ; Constructing the Cambrian --
Appendix: First appearances of major Metazoan clades in the fossil record.
Responsibility: Douglas H. Erwin, Department of Paleobiology, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC and Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, James W. Valentine, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley.

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"The Cambrian Period records one of the most extraordinary transitions in the history of life. Although animals may have first appeared nearly 700 million years ago, with the earliest sponges, their initial diversifications appear to have been modest until a richly diverse fossil fauna appeared relatively abruptly about 170 million years later. In The Cambrian Explosion, Erwin and Valentine synthesize research from many fields to explain why there was such remarkable novelty of animal forms"--

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by Inkling (WorldCat user published 2014-07-21) Excellent Permalink

The publisher has a webpage about the book that includes some of the illustrations at:

http://www.roberts-publishers.com/authors/erwin-douglas/the-cambrian-explosian-and-the-construction-of-animal-biodiversity.html

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