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Systematics and the Fossil Record: Discovering Evolutionary Patterns

By: AB Smith

256 pages, Illus

Wiley-Blackwell

Paperback | May 1994 | #32349 | ISBN: 0632036427
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This text sets out to establish the key role played by systematics in deciphering the patterns of evolution from the fossil record. It argues that evolutionary trees, constructed from combining phylogenetic and biostratigraphic data, provide the best approach for investigating patterns of evolution through geologic time.
`...has the potential to become the standard reference on the subject - required reading for all palaeontologists. Indeed, I can envisage a state of affairs where no-one will dare use taxonomic data from the fossil record to address evolutionary questions without first checking Smith to ensure that their methods are legal.' DEG Briggs, University of Bristol.

From a review of the manuscript: [The book] has the potential to become the standard reference on the subject - required reading for all palaentologists. Indeed I can envisage a state of affairs where no-one will dare use taxonomic data from the fossil record to address evolutionary questions without first checking Smith to ensure that their methods are legal". D E G Briggs, University of Bristol


Contents

Introduction Species in the fossil record Parsimony, phylogenetic analysis and fossils Higher taxa The nature of biostratigraphical data Phylogenetic trees Patterns from the fossil record

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