Missing Links: Evolutionary Concepts & Transitions Through Time
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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INTRODUCTION What Is a Missing Link
A PRIMER OF EVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE
Domain of the Red Queen
CHAPTERS Pedestrian Whales
Evolving Voles and Muskrats
Fishes with Fingers?
A History of Upstanding Primates
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
EPILOGUE Charles Darwin and the Fossil Problem
CHAPTER? The Thanksgiving Day Dinosaur
CHAPTERS On Hearing and Hinges
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