The Evolution of Parasitism - A Phylogenetic Perspective

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Academic Press, Dec 9, 2003 - Medical - 416 pages
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Parasitology continues to benefit from taking an evolutionary approach to its study. Tree construction, character-mapping, tree-based evolutionary interpretation, and other developments in molecular and morphological phylogenetics have had a profound influence and have shed new light on the very nature of host-parasite relations and their coevolution. Life cycle complexity, parasite ecology and the origins and evolution of parasitism itself are all underpinned by an understanding of phylogeny.

The Evolution of Parasitism - A Phylogenetic Perspective aims to bring together a range of articles that exemplifies the phylogenetic approach as applied to various disciplines within parasitology and as applied by parasitologists. Unified by the use of phylogenies, this book tackles a wide variety of parasite-specific biological problems across a diverse range of taxa.

  • Includes important contributions from leading minds in the field such as Serge Morand, Francisco Ayala and Mark Blaxter, among others
  • Second in the ISI Parasitology List in 2002 with an Impact Factor of 4.818
  • Series encompasses over 35 years of parasitology coverage

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Chapter 2 Phylogenetic Insights into the Evolution of Parasitism in Hymenoptera
Genes Genomes and the Evolution of Parasitism
a New Perspective from Phylogeny
the Case for Phylogenetics
Chapter 6 Phylogenies the Comparative Method and Parasite Evolutionary Ecology
Chapter 7 Recent Results in Cophylogeny Mapping
Chapter 8 Inference of Viral Evolutionary Rates from Molecular Sequences
Additional Tools for the Parasitologist
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About the author (2003)

D. Timothy J. Littlewood is a Merit Researcher and currently Head of Life Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum, London. His main research interests include the systematics of platyhelminths (flatworms), and other phyla, particularly with a view to revealing patterns of diversity and diversification associated with parasitism.

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