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Kingdoms and Domains: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth

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New Foreword by Edward O. Wilson
The latest concepts of molecular systematics, symbiogenesis, and the evolutionary importance of microbes
Newly expanded chapter openings that define each kingdom and place its members in context in geological time and ecological space
Definitions of terms in the glossary and throughout the book
Ecostrips, illustrations that place organisms in their most likely environments such as deep sea vents, tropical forests, deserts or hot sulfur springs
A new table that compares features of the most inclusive taxa
Application of a logical, authoritative, inclusive and coherent overall classification scheme based on evolutionary principles

By: Lynn Margulis (Author), Michael J Chapman (Author), Edward O Wilson (Foreword By)

658 pages, colour & b/w illustrations

Academic Press

Hardback | Apr 2009 | Edition: 4 | #177166 | ISBN-13: 9780123736215
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Featuring a new foreword by E.O. Wilson of Harvard University, new structure and entries based on the latest developments in evolutionary science, and new elements of special interest to the reader including "The Ribosome Standard" by C. Woese, and "Origins of Larvae" by D.I. Williamson, The Five Kingdoms: An illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth is 15% revised and updated.

With new full-colour illustrations, this book remains the only book to consistently and completely reconcile Woese's three domain theory with the historically founded five domain approach.This is a concise guide to all forms of life on earth in a clear student-friendly text. It defines and describes the major taxonomic groups – Prokaryote and Eukaryote – and the four kingdoms of Eukarya. This classification system is entirely consistent with the fossil record, developmental and morphological biology and the new molecular data.

This is the only book that includes all forms of life with brief, informative and definitional descriptions, now with full-colour illustrations.


- Introduction
- Field Trips Through Time
- Virtual Field Trips
- Virtual Biodiversity, Websites
- Superkingdom Prokarya
- Kingdom Bacteria
- Superkingdom Eukarya
- Kingdom Protoctista
- Kingdom Animalia
- Kingdom Fungi
- Kingdom Plantae
- Epilogue: Common Ancestry and Biodiversity

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