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Author Carroll, Robert Lynn, 1938-

Title Patterns and processes of vertebrate evolution / Robert L. Carroll.

Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM BioMed  596.138 CARR    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 448 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Series Cambridge paleobiology series 2
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 411-437) and index.
Contents 1. Current problems in evolutionary theory -- 2. Theories of evolution at the level of populations and species -- 3. Evolution in modern populations -- 4. Limits to knowledge of the fossil record and their influence on studies of evolution -- 5. Patterns of evolution among late Cenozoic mammals -- 6. Patterns of evolution of nonmammalian vertebrates in the late Cenozoic -- 7. The influence of systems of classification on concepts of evolutionary patterns -- 8. Evolutionary constraints -- 9. Evolutionary genetics -- 10. Development and evolution -- 11. Physical constraints -- 12. Major evolutionary transitions -- 13. Patterns of radiation -- 14. Forces of evolution -- 15. Conclusions and comparisons.
Summary Patterns and Processes of Vertebrate Evolution is a new text providing an integrated view of the forces that influence the patterns and rates of vertebrate evolution, from those at the level of living populations and species to those that resulted in the origin and radiation of the major vertebrate clades. The evolutionary roles of behavior, development, continental drift, and mass extinctions are compared with the importance of variation and natural selection that were emphasized by Darwin. The book is extensively illustrated, showing major transitions from fish to amphibians, dinosaurs to birds, and land mammals to whales. No work since Simpson's Major Features of Evolution has attempted such a broad study of the patterns and forces of evolutionary change. Undergraduate students taking a general or advanced course on evolution, as well as graduate students and professionals in evolutionary biology and paleontology, will find this book of great interest.
Subject Vertebrates, Fossil -- Evolution.
Vertebrates -- Evolution.
ISBN 0521472326
052147809X (pbk.)