Synopses & Reviews
How can we bring together the study of genes, embryos and fossils? Embryos in Deep Time
is a critical synthesis of the study of individual development in fossils. It brings together an up-to-date review of concepts from comparative anatomy, ecology and developmental genetics, and examples of different kinds of animals from diverse geological epochs and geographic areas.
Can fossil embryos demonstrate evolutionary changes in reproductive modes? How have changes in ocean chemistry in the past affected the development of marine organisms? What can the microstructure of fossil bone and teeth reveal about maturation time, longevity and changes in growth phases? This book addresses these and other issues and documents with numerous examples and illustrations how fossils provide evidence not only of adult anatomy but also of the life history of individuals at different growth stages. The central topic of Biology todayand#151;the transformations occurring during the life of an organism and the mechanisms behind themand#151;is addressed in an integrative manner for extinct animals.
and#8220;An original thinker, who can put it all together.and#8221;
and#8220;A captivating account of what the fossil record can say about development.and#8221;
and#8220;A light-hearted . . . narrative integrating some of the treasures of paleontology.and#8221;
and#8220;A comprehensive summary of cutting-edge evolutionary research in an academically rigorous but refreshingly accessible manner.and#8221;
andquot;Sandaacute;chez explains complex ideas simply and vividly, but also professionally and with no shortcuts. . . . Enriching and stimulating.andquot;
and#147;One of the few remaining frontiers in evolutionary biology is the integration of the fossil record with our newly gained understanding of developmental evolution. Few have the boldness to seriously venture into this poorly mapped scientific landscape. With this book, Marcelo Sand#225;nchez is setting up a camp there for coming generations of students who shall be able to explore the wilderness of this unsettled and unsettling intellectual territory."--Gand#252;nter P. Wagner, Yale University
"With feet firmly planted in the fossil record, paleontologist Marcelo Sand#225;nchez asks what can be learned about the development of fossils, and development in general, from the paleontological record. This wide-ranging book is ideal for those curious about fossils, evolution, and development."--Charles R. Marshall, University of California Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley
About the Author
Dr. Marcelo Sanchez is an Assistant Professor for Paleontology at the Palaontologisches Institut und Museum der Universitat Zurich.
Table of Contents
1. Fossils, Ontogeny, and Phylogeny
2. Evo-Devo, Plasticity, and Modules
3. Fossilized Vertebrate Ontogenies
4. Bones and Teeth under the Microscope
5. Proportions, Growth, and Taxonomy
6. Growth and Diversification Patterns
7. Fossils and Developmental Genetics
8. and#147;Missing Linksand#8221; and the Evolution of Development
9. Mammalian and Human Development
10. On Trilobites, Shells, and Bugs
Epilogue: Is There a Moral to Developmental Paleontology?