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Anomalocaris Palaeontology [Japanese]

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By: Ken Tsuchiya(Author), Gengo Tanaka(Editor), Shunichi Kawasaki(Illustrator)
296 pages, b/w photos and b/w illustrations
Publisher: Bukkumansha
Anomalocaris Palaeontology [Japanese]
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Language: Japanese

This book summarizes the latest research on Anomalocaris, one of the invertebrate superstars of the Cambrian. As the name implies (Anomalo = strange, caris = shrimp), Anomalocaris was initially reported as a member of the shrimp family, several centimeters in length. However, after that, it transformed into "the first predator in the history of the earth". What is the drama in the history behind its restoration? And on what recent theories is the surprising restoration of its appearance based?

This book introduces a number of Paleozoic creatures living alongside Anomalocaris, such as Opabinia and Hallucigenia, with Anomalocaris canadensis taken as the representative species of Anomalocaris. The genus Anomalocaris is explored in its entirety, including the global environment in which it lived 500 million years ago, its relationships, and the evolutionary genealogy inherited and handed over by Anomalocaris.

Supervised by Dr. Gengo Tanaka of Kanazawa University, this book includes over 100 paintings and fossil sketches, handled by Shunichi Kawasaki, an animal painter who has been attracting attention in recent years.

Summary in Japanese:
奇妙なエビ」はいかにして「カンブリア紀の王者」となったのか?
人々を魅了し、戸惑わせ、熱狂させた
アノマロカリス130年史。(あるいはその経過報告書)

古生物界のスター、アノマロカリスの最新研究を軸に、これまでの研究の歴史や愛され史などをまとめた1冊。
「Anomalo(奇妙な)caris(エビ)」。その名が示すように、アノマロカリスは当初、体長数センチほどのエビの仲間として報告されました。しかしその後、紆余曲折を経て、"地球史上最初のプレデター"へと変貌をとげます。その復元の歴史にあったドラマとは? そして、近年の学説に基づいて復元した驚きの姿とはーー?
アノマロカリスの代表種であるアノマロカリス・カナデンシスを主役に、アノマロカリスの仲間であるラディオドンタ類、同時代を生きたオパビニアやハルキゲニアといった古生代の生き物たちもイラスト付きで複数紹介。彼らが生きた5億年前の地球環境、仲間たちとのかかわり、アノマロカリスが受け継ぎ、そして受け渡した進化の系譜など、1冊丸ごとアノマロカリスを解説。
監修は金沢大学の田中源吾博士、100点に及ぶ復元画・化石スケッチは近年注目の動物画家かわさきしゅんいちが担当。

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Popular Science
By: Ken Tsuchiya(Author), Gengo Tanaka(Editor), Shunichi Kawasaki(Illustrator)
296 pages, b/w photos and b/w illustrations
Publisher: Bukkumansha
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