© 1992

Origin and Early Evolution of the Metazoa

  • Jere H. Lipps
  • Philip W. Signor

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Philip W. Signor, Jere H. Lipps
      Pages 3-23
  3. The Late Proterozoic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Jeffrey F. Mount, Philip W. Signor
      Pages 27-51
  4. Vendian Faunas of the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
  5. Radiations of the Cambrian Faunas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Andrey Yu. Zhuravlev
      Pages 205-282
    3. Jiang Zhi-Wen
      Pages 311-333
    4. Derek E. G. Briggs, Richard A. Fortey
      Pages 335-373
    5. James Sprinkle
      Pages 375-398
    6. Leonid Ye. Popov
      Pages 399-423
    7. Françoise Debrenne
      Pages 425-443
  6. Overview of the Proterozoic/Cambrian Radiations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-445
    2. Stefan Bengtson, Simon Conway Morris
      Pages 447-481

About this book


Several years ago, we realized that the most prominent ideas that had been ex­ pressed about the origin and early evolution of the Metazoa seemed to have been developed chiefly by zoologists using evidence from modern species without reference to the fossil record. Paleontologists had, in fact, put forth their own ideas but the zoological and the paleontological evidence were about the problem, seldom considered together, especially by zoologists. We believed that the paleon­ tological documentation of the first Metazoa was too scattered, too obscure to Western readers, and much of it too recent to have been readily available to our colleagues in zoology. Whether or not that was entirely true, we thought that a single volume reviewing the fossil record of the earliest Metazoa would be useful to many in both paleontology and zoology, especially since so much new informa­ tion has been developed in the last few years. Some of this information has been summarized in general articles recently, but an overview of most of the field does not exist. We therefore organized this book in five parts so that the evidence could be placed in perspective and summarized and inferences made from it. Part I intro­ duces the previous hypotheses that have been proposed for the origin and early radiation of Metazoa. Part II consists of two summary chapters that set the sedi­ mentological, geochemical, and biological background to the known radiations of Metazoa.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jere H. Lipps
    • 1
  • Philip W. Signor
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of PaleontologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Origin and Early Evolution of the Metazoa
  • Editors Jere H. Lipps
    Philip W. Signor
  • Series Title Topics in Geobiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-44067-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4899-2429-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4899-2427-8
  • Series ISSN 0275-0120
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 570
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Evolutionary Biology
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