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The Origin of Higher Taxa

Palaeobiological, developmental, and ecological perspectives

T.S. Kemp

November 2015

ISBN: 9780199691890

224 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £43.99

This book discusses whether the origin of radically new kinds of organisms - new higher taxa - are the result of normal Darwinian evolution proceeding, or whether unusual genetic processes and/or special environmental circumstances are necessary.

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This book discusses whether the origin of radically new kinds of organisms - new higher taxa - are the result of normal Darwinian evolution proceeding, or whether unusual genetic processes and/or special environmental circumstances are necessary.

  • Describes the latest thinking on megaevolution, incorporating the author's original ideas set within the context of a broad, balanced review
  • Applies new fossil and molecular evidence to a reinterpretation of the origin and interrelationships of higher taxa
  • Provides a concise and readable overview for students and researchers alike

About the Author(s)

T.S. Kemp, Emeritus Research Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, and Honorary Research Associate of the University Museum of Natural History, Oxford

Dr Tom Kemp is a Emeritus Research Fellow and Curator of the Zoological Collections in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. His general field of expertise is vertebrate palaeobiology, and he is particularly interested in the mammal-like reptiles and early mammals, and what can be inferred about the structural, functional and ecological aspects of the origin of mammals from their basal amniote ancestry.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:The nature of higher taxa
    3:The nature of organisms
    4:The palaeontological evidence
    5:The developmental evidence
    6:The ecological perspective
    7:The invertebrate fossil record
    8:The vertebrate fossil record
    9:A synthesis

Reviews

Tom Kemp's book provides much to think about, ideas and models linking palaeobiology and evo-devo genomics ... such deeply considered, thoughtful syntheses can provide the materials to construct numerical models for testing. This is the role of Tom Kemp's book, and it has the advantage of being written lucidly and in a stye any graduate student could follow. - Michael J. Benton, TREE

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