Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution

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9780198566212: Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution

Animal phylogeny is undergoing a major revolution due to the availability of an exponentially increasing amount of molecular data and the application of novel methods of phylogentic reconstruction, as well as the many spectacular advances in palaeontology and molecular developmental biology. Traditional views of the relationships among major phyla have been shaken and new, often unexpected, relationships are now being considered. At the same tiem, the emerging discipline of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'evo-devo', has offered new insights into the origin and evolvability of major traits of animal architecture and life cycle. All these developments call for a revised interpretation of the pathways along which animal structure and development has evolved since the origin of the Metazoa.

Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution takes on this challenge, successfully integrating morphological, fossil and molecular evidence to produce a novel reinterpretation of animal evolution. Central to the book's approach is an 'evo-devo' perspective on animal evolution (with all the fresh insights this has given into the origin of animal organization and life cycles), complementary to the more traditional perspectives of pattern (cladistics, comparative anatomy and embryology), mechanisms (developmental biology) and adaptation (evolutionary biology). The author advocates the need to approach the study of animal evolution with a critical attitude towards many key concepts of comparative morphology and developmental biology. Particular attention in the book is paid to the evolution of life cycles and larval forms.

This accessible text is suitable for graduate students taking advanced courses in evolutionary developmental biology, invertebrate zoology, molecular phylogenetics and palaeontology, as well as professional researchers in these fields requiring an authoritative and up-to-date overview of this dynamic topic.

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About the Author:


Alessandro Minelli is a professor of zoology at the University of Padova, Italy. Until the mid 90s his main scientific interests have been myriapod phylogeny and taxonomy as well as the principles and methods of biological systematics. During the last decade his main research interests have turned towards evolutionary developmental biology, with special regards to the origin and evolution of appendages and segmentation.

Books by the Same Author:
Forms of Becoming, 2008
Evoloving Pathways, 2008
The Development of Animal Form, 2008
Biological Systematics, 1993

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"Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution constitutes a milestone in what can be called the field of "phyloevodevo" or the integration of phylogenetic, morpho/anatomical, evolutionary, and developmental information. Only a writer with the broad knowledge and synthetic capacity of Alessandro Minelli could put together all those aspects of animal biology in such an exquisite manner."--Systemic Biology


"A magnificent tour of metazoan relationships, characterized by a cautious, nondogmatic approach to both pattern and process. This concise account easily can and should be read bu all serious students of animal phylogeny and evolution."--Science


"[Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution] is a celebration of the intellectual puzzles posed by the wonderful diversity of animals, an effective spur for further exploration and debate of the mysterious but unmistakable signs of unity hidden beneath this diversity."--Nature


"Minelli is a well-known generalist within evolutionary biology. His writings span developmental biology, morphology, systematics, and evolution, and are almost always integrative and comparative in approach. This new volume is no different. Its nine chapters comprise a synthesis of the animal (metazoan) tree of life and how those relationships
can be used to understand the evolution of development and organismal structural form and
function. Anyone interested in animal evolution should look at this book." -- New Biological Books


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