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Animal Species and Their Evolution (Princeton Science Library)


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Long before Charles Darwin undertook his first voyage, animal taxonomists had begun the scientific classification of animals, plants, and minerals. In the mid-1950s, taxonomist A. J. Cain summarized the state of knowledge about the structure of the living world in his major book Animal Species and Their Evolution. His work remains remarkably current today. Here Cain explains each of the terms by which scientists now classify all animals--from species through genus, family, order, class, and phylum.

The work of the modern taxonomist is dependent on the work of paleontologists, field biologists, ecologists, and other specialists who help piece together the puzzle of nature. This seminal text will interest students in each of these areas. It will also appeal to historians of science and to all amateur scientists with an interest in the animal kingdom.

Originally published in 1993.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

I Introduction 11

II Methods of classification 15

III Rank 27

IV Names 42

V The polytypic species 48

VI The biological species 73

VII Other sorts of species 98

VIII Geographical speciation 130

IX Sympatric speciation 169

Conclusion 182

Suggestions for further reading 184

Afterword (1993) 187

Index 203

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Cain, Arthur J.
Princeton University Press
Biological Sciences.
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