Missing Links: Evolutionary Concepts & Transitions Through Time

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2004 - Science - 303 pages
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Missing Links: Evolutionary Concepts and Transitions Through Time provides readers with a compendium of scientific evidence of extinct organisms, or missing links, that bridge the evolutionary gaps between primordial species and modern life. The book introduces newcomers to the field of evolutionary science with an accessible discussion of basic scientific practices, rock and fossil dating techniques, and schools of classification. Readers are then ushered through a fascinating array of examples of evolutionary transition at all chronological and geographical scales, from the ultimate origins of life on Earth to the morphological changes that readers will observe during their lifetimes.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION What Is a Missing Link
1
A PRIMER OF EVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE
5
Making
73
Ecological Context
80
Domain of the Red Queen
92
CASE HISTORIES
99
CHAPTERS Pedestrian Whales
117
Evolution
131
Evolving Voles and Muskrats
175
Fishes with Fingers?
191
A History of Upstanding Primates
209
Paranthropus robustus
231
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
257
EPILOGUE Charles Darwin and the Fossil Problem
279
GLOSSARY
285
INDEX
297

CHAPTER? The Thanksgiving Day Dinosaur
141
CHAPTERS On Hearing and Hinges
165

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Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction". He has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several "Star Trek" comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the "USA Today" bestseller "Titan: Book One: Taking Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King"; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning "Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space 9 Book Two: Trill -- Unjoined; Star Trek: The Lost Era 2298 -- The Sundered; Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Mission: Gamma: Vol. Three: Cathedral; Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31 -- Rogue; Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers" #30 and #31 ("Ishtar Rising" Books 1 and 2); stories in the "Prophecy and Change, Tales of the Dominion War", and "Tales from the Captain's Table" anthologies; and three novels based on the "Roswell" television series. His most recent novels include "Enterprise: The Romulan War" and "Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many."

His work has also been published by Atlas Editions (in their "Star Trek Universe" subscription card series), "Star Trek Monthly, Dreamwatch", Grolier Books, Visible Ink Press, "The Oregonian", and Gareth Stevens, Inc., for whom he has penned several "World Almanac Library of the States" nonfiction books for young readers. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons in Portland, Oregon.

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