Kingdoms and Domains: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth (Google eBook)

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Academic Press, Mar 19, 2009 - Science - 864 pages
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Now published by Academic Press and revised from the author's previous Five Kingdoms 3rd edition, this extraordinary, all inclusive catalogue of the world’s living organisms describes the diversity of the major groups, or phyla, of nature’s most inclusive taxa. Developed after consultation with specialists, this modern classification scheme is consistent both with the fossil record and with recent molecular, morphological and metabolic data. Generously illustrated, now in full color, Kingdoms and Domains is remarkably easy to read. It accesses the full range of life forms that still inhabit our planet and logically and explicitly classifies them according to their evolutionary relationships. Definitive characteristics of each phylum are professionally described in ways that, unlike most scientific literature, profoundly respect the needs of educators, students and nature lovers. This work is meant to be of interest to all evolutionists as well as to conservationists, ecologists, genomicists, geographers, microbiologists, museum curators, oceanographers, paleontologists and especially nature lovers whether artists, gardeners or environmental activists.

Kingdoms and Domains is a unique and indispensable reference for anyone intrigued by a planetary phenomenon: the spectacular diversity of life, both microscopic and macroscopic, as we know it only on Earth today.

• New Foreword by Edward O. Wilson
• The latest concepts of molecular systematics, symbiogenesis, and the evolutionary importance of microbes
• Newly expanded chapter openings that define each kingdom and place its members in context in geological time and ecological space
• Definitions of terms in the glossary and throughout the book
• Ecostrips, illustrations that place organisms in their most likely environments such as deep sea vents, tropical forests, deserts or hot sulfur springs
• A new table that compares features of the most inclusive taxa
• Application of a logical, authoritative, inclusive and coherent overall classification scheme based on evolutionary principles
  

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Contents

List of Figures xi SUBKINGDOM DOMAIN EUBACTERIA
65
Diplocalyx Spirochaeta Spirosymplokos
76
Classification of life names of organisms The cell as a Bacteroides Saprospira Sporocytophaga
82
SUPERKINGDOM PROKARYA 33 cell walls
90
Division Mendosicutes deficientwalled archaebacteria Grampositives
100
SUBKINGDOM Division ALVEOLATA SUBKINGDOM Division ISOKONTA
188
SUBKINGDOM Division HETEROKONTA Opalina Stephanopogon Zelleriella
194
SUBKINGDOM Division EUMETAZOA nervous
260
CHAPTER THREE Phylum A19 Entoprocta entoprocts
292
SUBKINGDOM Division PLACOZOA no nerves or Phylum A21 Mandibulata insects crustaceans
298
anteroposterior asymmetry Cambarus Drosophila Polistes Pterotermes
306
SUBKINGDOM Division PARAZOA nerve nets Bonellia Metabonellia Listriolobus
316
Phylum A32 Chaetognatha chaetognath worms 342 Conocephalum Marchantia Porella
426
Karyotypic fissioning Speciation in Phylum Pl8 Cycadophyta cycads sago palms
442
CHAPTER FOUR Phylum Pl10 Coniferophyta conifers
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SUBKINGDOM Division OPISTHOKONTA Phylum A13 Acanthocephala spinyheaded worms
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About the author (2009)

Lynn Margulis was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 5, 1938. She graduated from the University of Chicago at the age of 18. She received a master's degree in genetics and zoology from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught for 22 years at Boston University before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1988. She was best known for her theory of species evolution by symbiogensis. The manuscript in which she first presented her findings was published in 1967 by the Journal of Theoretical Biology. An expanded version, with additional evidence to support the theory, became her first book entitled Origin of Eukaryotic Cells. Her other works include Symbiosis in Cell Evolution, Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love, Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature, and Mind, Life, and Universe: Conversations with Great Scientists of Our Time. She died five days after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke on November 22, 2011 at the age of 73.

Jane Chapman is the illustrator of several books for children including" Dilly Duckling" by Claire Freedman and "I Love""My Mama" by Peter Kavanagh, as well as Karma Wilson's?"Bear Snores On", "Bear Wants More", ?"Bear Stays Up for Christmas, "and "Mortimer's Christmas Manger".?She lives with her family in Dorset, England.? Visit Jane at ChapmanandWarnes.com.

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