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The Animal Kingdom: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Holland

November 2011

ISBN: 9780199593217

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Molecular biology has revolutionized our understanding of animals and their evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Holland provides an authoritative summary of the modern view of animal life, its origins, and the new classification resulting from DNA studies.

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Molecular biology has revolutionized our understanding of animals and their evolution. In this Very Short Introduction, Peter Holland provides an authoritative summary of the modern view of animal life, its origins, and the new classification resulting from DNA studies.

  • Provides a summary of the modern understanding of the animal world and its evolution
  • Shows how DNA studies have revolutionized the classification of animals
  • Discusses key topics in zoology such as modern evolutionary trees and the origin of animals
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Peter Holland, Linacre Professor of Zoology, The University of Oxford

Peter Holland is Linacre Professor of Zoology and Head of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. After a degree in Zoology and a PhD in Genetics he has spent the last 20 years undertaking research into the evolution of the animal kingdom, focussing primarily on the genetic and developmental differences between animal groups. He has published over 150 research papers on animal development and evolution.

Table of Contents

    1:What is an animal?
    2:Animal phyla
    3:The evolutionary tree of animals
    4:Basal animals: corals, sponges and jellyfish
    5:The bilaterians: building a body
    6:Lophotrochozoa: wondrous worms
    7:Ecdysozoa: insects and nematodes
    8:Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts and amphioxus
    9:Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates
    10:Deuterostomes III: vertebrates on land
    11:Enigmatic animals
    Further reading

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