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Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth

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Publisher Comments:

An all-inclusive catalogue of the world's living diversity, Five Kingdoms defines and describes the major divisions of nature's five great kingdoms—bacteria, protoctists, animals, fungi, and plants—using a modern classification scheme that is consistent with both the fossil record and molecular data.

Generously illustrated and easy to follow, it not only allows students to sample the full range of life forms inhabiting our planet but to familiarize themselves with the taxonomic theories by which all organisms' origins and distinctive characteristics are traced and classified.

This completely revised and updated third edition includes an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould.

* New ideas on molecular systematics, symbiogenisis, and the place of microbes in the evolution of life

* Newly expanded chapter openings that define each kingdom and place its members in context in time and space

* Definitions of terms in the glossary and, now, also appropriately placed throughout the book

* A new table comparing the main features of each kingdom, showing the logic of the overall classification scheme

* A list of prehistoric dioramas in science museums and in U.S. national parks and monuments guiding readers to trips to the past

* A list of websites directing students to additional information

Book News Annotation:

Offers an illustrated reference to both microbes and macroscopic organisms. Brief essays introduce broad outlines of kingdoms and phyla. Entries on specific organisms give information on appearance, environment, relations to other organisms, and how scientists group them, and include b&w photos and diagrams. An introduction explains classification systems. Includes lists of museums, geological sites, and Web sites, plus a glossary and lists of phyla and genera assigned to phyla. Six sets of 35-mm color transparencies are available. Useful for students of biology at any level. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Lynn Margulis is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the author of Symbiosis in Cell Evolution and, with Dorion Sagan, co-author of Origins of Sex, What Is Life?, and What Is Sex?

Karlene V. Schwartz teaches in the biology department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and is a professional photographer of natural history.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction by Stephen Jay Gould

Superkingdom Prokarya

Kingdom Bacteria (Prokaryotae, Procaryotae, Monera)

Superkingdom Eukarya

Kingdom Protoctista

Kingdom Animalia

Kingdom Fungi

Kingdom Plantae

Appendix

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780716730279
Subtitle:
An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life On Earth
Foreword:
Margulis, Lynn
Author:
Margulis, Lynn
With:
Gould, Stephen Jay
Author:
Schwartz, Karlene V.
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Classification
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Edition Number:
3rd ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
54
Publication Date:
19971215
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.19x7.98x.98 in. 2.13 lbs.

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