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Animal Evolution: Genomes, Fossils, and Trees

Maximilian J. Telford and D.T.J. Littlewood


Animal life, now and over the past half billion years, is incredibly diverse. Describing and understanding the evolution of this diversity of body plans — from vertebrates such as humans and fish to the numerous invertebrate groups including sponges, insects, molluscs, and the many groups of worms — is a major goal of evolutionary biology. This book adopts a modern, integrated approach to describe how current molecular genetic techniques and disciplines as diverse as palaeontology, embryology, and genomics have been combined, resulting in a dramatic renaissance in the study of animal evolution ... More

Keywords: Metazoa, evo-devo, systematics, evolution, genomes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199549429
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maximilian J. Telford, editor
Department of Genetics, Evolution, and Environment, University College London

D.T.J. Littlewood, editor
The Natural History Museum, London



PART I Origins of animals

PART II The Bilateria

PART III Themes and perspectives