Embryos in Deep Time: The Rock Record of Biological Development
University of California Press, Apr 3, 2012 - Science - 256 pages
How can we bring together the study of genes, embryos and fossils? Embryos in Deep Time is a critical synthesis of the study of individual development in fossils. It brings together an up-to-date review of concepts from comparative anatomy, ecology and developmental genetics, and examples of different kinds of animals from diverse geological epochs and geographic areas.
Can fossil embryos demonstrate evolutionary changes in reproductive modes? How have changes in ocean chemistry in the past affected the development of marine organisms? What can the microstructure of fossil bone and teeth reveal about maturation time, longevity and changes in growth phases? This book addresses these and other issues and documents with numerous examples and illustrations how fossils provide evidence not only of adult anatomy but also of the life history of individuals at different growth stages. The central topic of Biology today—the transformations occurring during the life of an organism and the mechanisms behind them—is addressed in an integrative manner for extinct animals.
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EvoDevo Plasticity and Modules
Fossilized Vertebrate Ontogenies
Bones and Teeth under the Microscope
Proportions Growth and Taxonomy
Growth and Diversification Patterns
Fossils and Developmental Genetics
Missing Links and the Evolution of Development
Mammalian and Human Development
On Trilobites Shells and Bugs
Is There a Moral
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