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Arthropod Relationships

Series: Systematics Association Special Volumes Series Volume: 55

Edited By: RA Fortey and RH Thomas

383 pages, 25 line illus

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #65160 | ISBN: 0412754207
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The arthropods are the dominant group of organisms in terms of numbers of species globally, and are renowned for their exploitation of every type of habitat from the deep sea to the most arid desert. They have one of the longest evolutionary histories of any phylum yet many aspects of this evolutionary dominance remain poorly understood. This book provides a new summary and a new perspective on the evolutionary patterns and of the relationships between all arthropods.

'... it may mark a historical transition. For practitioners in the field this will be an important book and should find its way onto their bookshelves ...' Nature, 397 (1999) '... their splendid Arthropod Relationships ... It is a milestone that will certainly be appreciated by students as well as specialists in the field. The book represents a clear and up-to-date review of arthropod phylogeny and handless some general phylogenetic aspects.' TREE - Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 13:12 (1998)


List of contributors. Preface. 1. Bodyplans, phyla and arthropods; J.W. Valentine, H. Hamilton. 2. The phylogenetic position of the Arthropoda; C. Nielsen. 3. A defence of arthropod polyphyly; G. Fryer. 4. Hox genes and annelid-arthropod relationships; M.H. Dick. 5. Arthropod and annelid relationships re-examined; D.J. Eernisse. 6. Evolutionary correlates of arthropod tagmosis: scrambled legs; M.A. Wills, D.E.G. Briggs, R.A. Fortey. 7. Theories, patterns, and reality: game plan for arthropod phylogeny; M.J. Emerson, F.R. Schram. 8. Sampling, groundplans, total evidence and the systematics of arthropods; W.C. Wheeler. 9. Arthropod phylogeny: taxonomic congruence, total evidence and conditional combination approaches to morphological and molecular data sets; J. Zrzavu, V. Hypsa, M. Vlaskova. 10. The place of tardigrades in arthropod evolution; R.A. Dewel, W.C. Dewel. 11. Stem group arthropods from the Lower Cambrian Sirius Passet fauna of North Greenland; G.E. Budd. 12. Cambrian 'Orsten'-type arthropods and the phylogeny of Crustacea; D. Walossek, K.J. Muller. 13. Comparative limb morphology in major crustacean groups: the coxa-basis joint in postmandibular limbs; G. Boxshall. 14. Crustacean phylogeny inferred from 18S rDNA; T. Spears, L.G. Abele. 15. A phylogeny of recent and fossil Crustacea derived from morphological characters; M.A. Wills. 16. The fossil record and evolution of the Myriapoda; W.A. Shear. 17. The early history and phylogeny of the chelicerates; J.A. Dunlop, P.A. Selden. 18. Problem of the basal dichotomy of the winged insects; A.P. Rasnitsyn. 19. Arthropod phylogeny and 'basal' morphological structures; J. Kukalova-Peck. 20. Advances and problems in insect phylogeny; R. Willmann. 21. The groundplan and basal diversification of the hexapods; N.P. Kristensen. 22. Phylogenetic relationships between higher taxa of tracheate arthropods; O. Kraus. 23. Myriapod--insect relationships as opposed to an insect--crustacean sister group relationship; W. Dohle. 24. Cleavage, germ band formation and head segmentation: the ground pattern of the Euarthropoda; G. Scholtz. 25. Homology and parallelism in arthropod sensory processing; D.-E. Nilsson, D. Osorio. 26. The organization and development of the arthropod ventral nerve cord: insights into arthropod relationships; P.M. Whitington, J.P. Bacon.

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