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Before the Backbone: Views on the Origin of the Vertebrates

Popular Science

By: Henry Gee (Author)

345 pages, b/w illustrations


Paperback | Mar 2013 | #210876 | ISBN-13: 9789401737784
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NHBS Price: £130.50 $160/€147 approx
Hardback | Dec 1996 | #51721 | ISBN: 0412483009
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NHBS Price: £155.50 $190/€175 approx

About this book

Valuable popular account by a respected scientific journalist to a subject which has been invigorated by technical advances in molecular and developmental biology. Before the Backbone is a valuable resource for students (both advanced undergraduates and graduates), as well as lecturers and researchers.

"Henry Gee has admirably mastered a formidable library of scattered reference to bring this timely book together [...] Palaeontologists, zoologists and geneticists should read this book and learn from it."

"The book is a true mine of information."
Ethology Ecology & Evolution

"Before the Backbone is certainly a valuable addition to my bookshelf, and I commend it to all of those interested in vertebrates in particular or in metazoan phylogeny as a whole."
Geological Magazine


- Preface
- Acknowledgements
- Introduction
- The origins of vertebrates
- Head to head
- Jefferies' calcichordate theory
- Conclusions

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