The Emergence of Animals: The Cambrian Breakthrough

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Columbia University Press, 1990 - Science - 217 pages
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In this volume, the product of decades of study and research, the world's foremost geneticist surveys the major developments in what is emerging as the most important single area of scientific inquiry in the twentieth century: biological theory of evolution in particular.

Noting that the theory of evolution in biology is more than a century old, Dr. Dobzhansky points out that it is nevertheless only in recent times that our knowledge of its physical basis as well as our understanding of its dynamics has progressed greatly. Yet, he notes, new problems have replaced the older ones at the forefront of scientific inquiry, problems which require entirely new approaches. It is to these manifold and exciting new questions that the author brings a lifetime of experience.

Throughout, his goal is to create not a summary of all the available literature, nor a professional book written only for the scientific community, but rather a presentation of basic ideas, accompanied by the indispensable references which would enable interested readers to pursue the matter further. The book has been purposely kept short to enable it to be read as a whole, and above all, it has been written in a manner which will hold the attention as well as inform both the general reader and the professionally concerned scientist.

  

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Contents

The Cambrian Explosion
1
Aliens Here on Earth?
14
The Mudeaters
31
Small Shelly Fossils
46
The Golden Spike
83
The Rifting of Rodinia
92
The Garden of Ediacara
106
Ecological Feedback and Intelligence
127
Precambrian Oxygen
161
Ecological Chaos and Innovation
167
Selected Specimens
177
GLOSSARY
181
REFERENCES
189
INDEX
207

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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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