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Before the Backbone

Views on the origin of the vertebrates

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    Pages 1-83
  3. Head to head

    Pages 160-200
  4. Conclusions

    Pages 287-303
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 305-346

About this book

We cannot catechise our stony ichthyolites, as did the necromantic lady of the Arabian Nights did the coloured fishes of the lake which had once been a city, when she touched their dead bodies with her wand, and they straightaway raised their heads and rephed to her queries. We would have many a question to ask them if we could - questions never to be solved. Hugh Miller, The Old Red Sandstone When I started this book in 1991, the subject of vertebrate origins was fusty and unfashionable. Early drafts for this preface read like an extend­ ed complaint at the lot of traditional morphologists, cast aside by the march of modern molecular biology. But no longer - this book should reach you at a time of renewed inter­ est in the origin of the vertebrates, our own particular corner of creation. For although the topic has excited interest for well over a century, molec­ ular biology has only lately achieved the maturity necessary to test its predictions. As a legitimate field of study, it is fashionable again.

Keywords

  • Palaeontology
  • developmental biology
  • the origin
  • vertebrates
  • zoology

Reviews

Henry Gee has admirably mastered a formidable library of scattered reference to bring this timely book together...Palaeontologists, zoologists and geneticists should read this book and learn from it. - Endeavour
The book is a true mine of information. - Ethology Ecology & Evolution
Before the Backbone is certainly a valuable addition to my bookshelf, and I commend it to all of those interested in vertebrates in particular or in metazoan phylogeny as a whole. - Geological Magazine

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Before the Backbone

  • Book Subtitle: Views on the origin of the vertebrates

  • Authors: Henry Gee

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-585-25272-8

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Henry Gee 1996

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-412-48300-4

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-017-3778-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-585-25272-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XX, 346

  • Topics: Evolutionary Biology, Paleontology, Zoology

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Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 249.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)