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The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity

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Synopsis:

The Cambrian Period records one of the most extraordinary transitions in the history of life. Beginning as simple sponges more than 635 million years ago, the earliest animals evolved into a diverse marine fauna over the course of 100 million years. In The Cambrian Explosion, Erwin and Valentine synthesize research from many fields to explain why there was such remarkable novelty of animal forms. This is an integrative work of the highest quality, covering one of the most fascinating and transformative periods in life’s history.

About the Author

Douglas Erwin is a paleobiologist with interests in evolutionary innovations and the end-Permian mass extinction and subsequent biotic recovery, among other areas. Recent field projects have taken him to China, South Africa, and Canada. He is Senior Scientist and Curator in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History and a professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of six books, including most recently Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago (Princeton University Press, 2005).

Jim Valentine has spent the last 50 years trying to understand the paleoecological and macroevolutionary principles that have shaped the fossil record of the marine biosphere. He has found the earliest animal records to be a particular challenge to such interpretation and a delight to investigate. He is active Professor Emeritus of Integrative Biology at the University of California, and the author of many books, including most recently On the Origin of Phyla (University of Chicago Press, 2004).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Stratigraphy and Geochronology

3. Environmental changes

4. Classification and the Metazoan Tree of Life

5. Dawn of Animals: the Ediacaran Fauna

6. Metazoan Architectures of the Cambrian Explosion

7. Ghostly Ancestors

8. The Origin of Metazoan Ecosystems

9. The Metazoan Genome and the Cambrian Explosion

10. Constructing the Cambrian

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ISBN:
9781936221035
Author:
Erwin, Douglas
Publisher:
Roberts & Company Publishers
Author:
Douglas, Erwin
Author:
Valentine James
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Geology-Paleontology
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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The Cambrian Period records one of the most extraordinary transitions in the history of life. Beginning as simple sponges more than 635 million years ago, the earliest animals evolved into a diverse marine fauna over the course of 100 million years. In The Cambrian Explosion, Erwin and Valentine synthesize research from many fields to explain why there was such remarkable novelty of animal forms. This is an integrative work of the highest quality, covering one of the most fascinating and transformative periods in life’s history.

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