Shaking the Tree: Readings from Nature in the History of Life
University of Chicago Press, 2000 - Science - 411 pages
Nature has published news about the history of life ever since its first issue in 1869, in which T. H. Huxley ("Darwin's bulldog") wrote about Triassic dinosaurs. In recent years, the field has enjoyed a tremendous flowering due to new investigative techniques drawn from cladistics (a revolutionary method for charting evolutionary relationships) and molecular biology.
Shaking the Tree brings together nineteen review articles written for Nature over the past decade by many of the major figures in paleontology and evolution, from Stephen Jay Gould to Simon Conway Morris. Each article is brief, accessible, and opinionated, providing "shoot from the hip" accounts of the latest news and debates. Topics covered include major extinction events, homeotic genes and body plans, the origin and evolution of the primates, and reconstructions of phylogenetic trees for a wide variety of groups. The editor, Henry Gee, gives new commentary and updated references.
Shaking the Tree is a one-stop resource for engaging overviews of the latest research in the history of life on Earth.
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Punctuated Equilibrium Comes of Age
The Major Evolutionary Transitions
The Powers and Pitfalls of Parsimony
Geoffroys Legacy Development Evolution and Paleontology
Homeotic Genes and the Evolution of Arthropods and Chordates
A Common Plan for Dorsoventral Patterning in Bilateria
Fossils Genes and the Evolution of Animal Limbs
The Fossil Record and the Early Evolution of the Metazoa
The Origin and Early Evolution of Plants on Land
The Origin and Early Diversification of Angiosperms
Agnathans and the Origin of Jawed Vertebrates
The Origin and Early Diversification of Tetrapods
The First 85 Million Years of Avian Evolution
Shaking the Tree
Climbing Down The History of Primates
Plugging the Gaps
Seeing the Tree for the Woods The Global Context
Latest Proterozoic Stratigraphy and Earth History
The Early Development of Terrestrial Ecosystems
The PermoTriassic Extinction
Shaking the Tree Case Histories in Phylogeny
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