The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity

The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity Author(s): Erwin Douglas, Valentine James

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  • The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity book examines our current understanding of early animal evolution from a variety of perspectives, including details of the fossil record, changes in geochemical cycles, the information revealed by the use of morphological and molecu- lar data to establish the evolutionary relationships among the major animal groups, and the startling new insights into the evolution of development pro- duced by comparative studies of modern animal groups.
  • In the case of the Cambrian explosion, the great evolutionary puzzle is in establishing the relative importance of three pieces:
    1 -- changes in the environment, which were unusual by today’s standards;
    2 -- the appearance of developmental innovations that permitted the appearance of the progressively more complex animal body plans found through the Ediacaran and Early Cambrian;
    3 -- the construction of the ecological relationships that allowed these new animals to succeed.
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The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity
Hardcover, 416 pages
ISBN-10: 1936221039
ISBN-13: 9781936221035
Published by: Roberts and Company Publishers, January 18, 2013
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