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Published: 19 December 2013

408 Pages


ISBN: 9780199292233

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The Evolution of Plants

Second Edition

Kathy Willis and Jennifer McElwain

  • The most accessible and contemporary book on plant evolution available
  • Brings together information from the plant fossil record with genotypic data from biomolecular studies to explore biological evolution in a coherent, unified way
  • Considers plant evolution in the context of long-term environmental change, especially that brought about by climate change
  • Covers the whole geological timescale, but focuses on periods when major evolutionary changes occurred
  • Special biome maps illustrate the flora covering the Earth at different ages in the past, showing the trends in global plant distribution through time

New to this Edition:

  • Biomolecular approaches and concepts now integrated throughout the book, with biomolecular methodologies introduced in chapter 1
  • The evolution of photosynthesis is now explored in chapter 2
  • A consideration of vegetation dynamics in the context of climate change becomes a theme throughout the book
  • Coverage of evolutionary theories and the plant fossil record extensively revised in the light of current understanding
  • New Journal Clubs on the book's web site encourage students to critically engage with published research related to topics explored in the book

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