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About this book
About this book
Much needed overview of this rapidly changing field. An influx of ideas and techniques both from other areas of biology and from within the subject itself has resulted in numerous recent advances, including the increased recognition of the relationships between ecological and evolutionary theory, renewed vigour in the study of ecological communities over geologic timescales, increased understanding of biogeographical patterns, and new mathematical approaches to studying the form and structure of plants and animals.
Acknowledgments 1: James W. Valentine: An Appreciation Douglas H. Erwin, David Jablonski, Jere H. Lipps. 2: Molecular Paleogenetics: The Evolutionary History of Plasmodium and Related Protists Ananias A. Escalante, Francisco J. Ayala. 3: Hierarchies in Macroevolution Niles Eldredge 4: Models of Morphological Diversification Mike Foote 5: The Shifting Balance of Natural Communities? Jeremy B. C. Jackson, Ann F. Budd, John M. Pandolfi. 6: Do Communities Evolve? A Major Question in Evolutionary Paleoecology Richard K. Bambach, J. Bret Bennington. 7: Reading the Chronicle of Quaternary Temperate Rocky Shore Faunas David R. Lindberg, Jere H. Lipps. 8: On the Nonprevalence of Competitive Replacement in the Evolution of Tetrapods Michael J. Benton 9: Competition in Macroevolution: The Double Wedge Revisited J. John Sepkoski, Jr 10: Body Size and Macroevolution David Jablonski 11: Evolution of the Fossil Record: Thickness Trends in Marine Skeletal Accumulations and Their Implications Susan M. Kidwell, Patrick J. Brenchley. 12: Locomotion and Respiration in Aquatic Air-Breathing Vertebrates Richard Cowen 13: Marine Biological Diversity: Muricid Gastropods as a Case Study Geerat J. Vermeij 14: The Geography of Evolutionary Turnover: A Global Analysis of Extant Bivalves Karl W. Flessa, David Jablonski. 15: Understanding Biotic Recoveries: Extinction, Survival, and Preservation during the End-Permian Mass Extinction Douglas H. Erwin 16: Extinction Models David M. Raup 17: On Telling, Altering, and Enriching Stories: An Unpublished Darwin Letter from a Key Incident in His Later Life Stephen Jay Gould Appendix: Geological Time Scale List of Contributors Author Index Subject Index