Evolution: Ein Lese-Lehrbuch by Jan Zrzavý, Hynek Burda, David Storch, Sabine Begall,

By Jan Zrzavý, Hynek Burda, David Storch, Sabine Begall, Stanislav Mihulka

Evolutionsbiologie einmal anders …

Diese ungewöhnlich konzipierte und gestaltete Einführung vermittelt in sehr verständlicher shape einen Überblick über die Grundlagen dieser Disziplin und über die vielfältigen Facetten moderner Evolutionsforschung. Nicht Fossilien und Erdgeschichte stehen hier im Mittelpunkt, sondern die Prozesse und Mechanismen der Evolution und der konzeptionelle Rahmen, in dem guy sie heute erklärt. Das Buch, das nun in einer vollständig überarbeiteten 2. Auflage vorliegt, ist erfrischend anders als traditionelle Lehrbücher: mit leichter Feder und doch prägnant geschrieben, von zahlreichen didaktischen Elementen durchsetzt und mit anschaulichen Grafiken illustriert, die eine ganz eigene Handschrift tragen. Alte Fragestellungen werden hier in neuem Licht präsentiert, neue Konzepte und Sichtweisen anhand vieler Beispiele nachvollziehbar gemacht.

Die tschechischen Autoren Jan Zrzavý, David Storch und Stanislav Mihulka erläutern in ihrem durchdachten Buch die theoretischen Grundlagen und Hypothesen der Evolutionsbiologie, ohne die Leser mit mathematischen Ansätzen zu überfordern oder ihnen eine einseitig molekulare Sichtweise zu präsentieren. Die Lehrbuchqualitäten des Originalwerkes, das in der ersten Auflage in Tschechien ein kleiner Bestseller warfare, wurden in der deutschen Ausgabe konsequent ausgebaut. Die umfangreiche Umarbeitung und Anpassung an die hiesigen Lehrinhalte lag in den Händen der lehr(buch)erfahrenen Herausgeber Hynek Burda und Sabine Begall. Die fünf Wissenschaftler treten in dieser Neuauflage nun gemeinsam als Autoren auf.

… Evolution lehren und lernen wird mit diesem Buch zu einer ganz neuen Erfahrung

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Paleogene Fossil Birds by Gerald Mayr

By Gerald Mayr

The current booklet is the 1st precise overview of the Paleogene avian fossil list on a world scale. a variety of well-preserved fossil chicken continues to be from this geological interval, which covers the time span from the tip of the Mesozoic period to the start of the Miocene, were defined some time past twenty years. a few of these not just supply info on morphological variations within the evolutionary heritage of the extant avian taxa, yet also are of serious value for an realizing in their ancient biogeography. Others characterize extinct taxa which occasionally express a weird and wonderful morphology no longer present in smooth birds, corresponding to the enormous pseudo-toothed birds which reached wingspans as much as six meters.

The reader is brought to easy morphological beneficial properties of a few of the teams which, so far as attainable, are put right into a phylogenetic context within the mild of present hypotheses at the interrelationships of extant birds. In a concluding bankruptcy the biogeographical value of Paleogene fossil birds and attainable purposes for faunal adjustments throughout the Paleogene are precise. As such, the publication not just goals at delivering an summary for experts, yet might help scholars of alternative fields of vertebrate paleontology to higher comprehend Paleogene ecosystems.

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Investigating the History of Earth (Introduction to Earth by Michael Anderson

By Michael Anderson

It can be tough to think that the Earth, with the entire complexity and biodiversity we detect this day, originated in a cloud of gasoline and dirt. but a lot of the plant and animal lifestyles that turns out so universal now advanced really lately at the timeline of Earth's lengthy historical past. The Earth's notable origins are chronicled during this insightful quantity, which additionally examines the prehistoric organisms-from micro organism to dinosaurs-that populated the planet lengthy earlier than people arrived.

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The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of by Rudolf A. Raff

By Rudolf A. Raff

Rudolf Raff is well-known as a pioneer in evolutionary developmental biology. of their 1983 e-book, Embryos, Genes, and Evolution, Raff and co-author Thomas Kaufman proposed a synthesis of developmental and evolutionary biology. within the form of lifestyles, Raff analyzes the increase of this new experimental self-discipline and lays out new examine questions, hypotheses, and techniques to steer its development.Raff makes use of the evolution of animal physique plans to exemplify the interaction among developmental mechanisms and evolutionary styles. Animal physique plans emerged part one billion years in the past. Evolution inside those physique plans in this span of time has led to the large variety of residing animal forms.Raff argues for an built-in method of the research of the intertwined roles of improvement and evolution concerning phylogenetic, comparative, and useful biology. This new synthesis will curiosity not just scientists operating in those parts, but additionally paleontologists, zoologists, morphologists, molecular biologists, and geneticists.

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Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other by David Rains Wallace

By David Rains Wallace

I feel the largest unhappiness I had with this e-book used to be the shortcoming of images. yes, in part my fault simply because i did not detect that there have been in simple terms 18 black and white illustrations, but if a booklet makes use of very recognized work of art as a place to begin after which does not have 1 colour photo of the work of art, i'm disillusioned. the photographs from the Age of Mammals have been muddy at best.

The writing used to be typical. Wallace isn't any stylist yet he's an effective author conveying technical information.

I picked up this publication after I learn a piece of writing on Buffon in traditional historical past so i used to be shocked at how Wallace handled him. Now i must be aware of extra approximately Buffon to determine which illustration is extra accurate.

The e-book is a few years outdated however the basically factor i spotted was once the remark that mammals have been small and rat-like in the course of the Age of Reptiles. in the prior 2 years there were numerous huge mammal species found which co-existed with the dinosaurs. even though no longer megafauna, they have been over 3 ft in size and preyed on dinosaurs.

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Palaeolimnological Proxies as Tools of Environmental by Krisztina Buczkó, János Korponai, Judit Padisák, Scott W.

By Krisztina Buczkó, János Korponai, Judit Padisák, Scott W. Starratt

Palaeolimnology is among the so much swiftly constructing fields of limnology. the first aim of this quantity is to offer new palaeolimnological findings from japanese and primary Europe. even though this zone has occasionally got much less recognition than different components of Europe, the lakes and mires, coupled with the range in panorama and the neighborhood transformations in weather, supply distinctive chance for learning palaeolimnology. the quantity begins with a evaluate on past due Quaternary files shape the Carpathian zone, by way of new effects at the historical past of a crater lake, Lake Saint Ana, glacial lakes within the Tatra Mountains and Lake Bled in Slovenia. additionally, some of the papers offer new insights at the improvement of lakes and lavatories in the course of the overdue glacial and Holocene, utilizing quite a lot of palaeolimnological proxies, together with diatoms, pollen, macrofossils, pigments, cladoceran is still, chironomids, chaoborids, reliable isotopes and geochemistry. the incentive for accumulating contemporary wisdom derives from the popularity of the significance, and applicability of palaeolimnological instruments to aid in defining "reference stipulations" as certain in the Water Framework Directives and estimating impact of world weather swap on floor waters.

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Ecology and evolution in anoxic worlds by Tom Fenchel

By Tom Fenchel

This research explores the traditional background of oxygen-free environments and their microbial population. existence originated within the pre-oxic international, and anoxic stipulations nonetheless persist in lots of areas in the world akin to lake sediments, the center of ruminants, and the deep waters of a few marine basins. The authors draw on proof from geology, biochemistry, ecology, and evolutionary systematics to explain the forces which form the constitution, functionality, heterogeneity, and evolution of anaerobic groups, and likewise to debate the character of formative years on the earth.

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Neanderthals Revisited: New Approaches and Perspectives by Katerina Harvati, Terry Harrison

By Katerina Harvati, Terry Harrison

Recent years have witnessed fascinating and demanding clinical breakthroughs within the learn of Neanderthals and their position in human evolution that have reworked our appreciation of this group’s paleobiology and evolution. This quantity offers state-of-the-art study via major scientists re-examining the key debates in Neanderthal examine with using cutting edge state-of-the paintings equipment and interesting new theoretical techniques.

Topics addressed contain the re-assessment of Neanderthal anatomy, inferred diversifications and ordinary actions, developmental styles, phylogenetic relationships, and the Neanderthal extinction; new tools comprise laptop tomography, 3D geometric morphometrics, historic DNA and bioenergetics. the various contributions provide clean insights and advances in Neanderthal and smooth human origins research.

This is a quantity in The Max-Planck-Institute Subseries in Human Evolution coordinated by means of Jean-Jacques Hublin, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, division of Human Evolution, Leipzig, Germany

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Chinese Fossil Vertebrates by Spencer Lucas

By Spencer Lucas

There looks a fly-over tone and caliber to this booklet. It lacks move and solidarity. The photograph caliber is certainly bad. Lucas additionally mis-cites Henry Fairfield Osborn's theorizing -- the quotation might be to Osborn's article in technology (April thirteen, 1900), really at p. 567, no longer his later 1910 booklet e-book. As to recounting the crucial Asiatic Expeditions, the remedy is asymmetric and a bit speculative. additionally, a few spellings are inconsistent: eg., "Granter" (caption determine 2-10) vs. "Granger" (text, p. 24), and nor is present in the Index; "William Morris" (p. 24) really used to be "Frederick B. Morris," and, back, nor is present in the Index; the day trip series on p. 24 is muddled (incorrect use of "First," "Second," etc.) and in addition ignores these made in China starting in 1921; and and so on.

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Paleomagnetism: Continents and Oceans by Michael W. McElhinny, Phillip L. McFadden

By Michael W. McElhinny, Phillip L. McFadden

Paleomagnetism is the examine of the fossil magnetism in rocks. it's been paramount in selecting that the continents have drifted over the outside of the Earth all through geological time. The fossil magnetism preserved within the ocean ground has proven how continental float happens in the course of the technique of sea-floor spreading. The equipment and methods utilized in paleomagnetic stories of continental rocks and of the sea flooring are defined after which utilized to choosing horizontal activities of the Earth's crust over geological time. An updated assessment of world paleomagnetic information permits a thousand million years of Earth heritage to be summarized when it comes to the flow of the foremost crustal blocks over the skin of the Earth.

The first variation of McElhinny's booklet used to be heralded as a "classic and definitive text." It completely mentioned the idea of geomagnetism, the geologic reversals of the Earth's magnetic box, and the transferring of magnetic poles. within the 25 years because the hugely profitable first version of Palaeomagnetism and Plate Tectonics (Cambridge, 1973) the various advances within the ideas, technique, and insights into paleomagnetism warrant this new remedy. This thoroughly up-to-date and revised variation of Paleomagnetism: Continents and Oceans could be a welcome source for a extensive viewers of earth scientists in addition to laypeople fascinated about magnetism, paleogeography, geology, and plate tectonics.

Because the booklet is meant for a large viewers of geologists, geophysicists, and oceanographers, it balances the mathematical and descriptive elements of every topic.

  • Details the speculation and method of rock magnetism, with specific emphasis on intrepreting crustal hobbies from continental and oceanic measurements
  • Outlines Earth historical past for the earlier one thousand million years, from the Rodinia super-continent via its breakup and the formation of Gondwana to the formation and breakup of Pangea and the amalgamation of Eurasia
  • Provides a finished remedy of oceanic paleomagnetism
  • Provides a collection of colour pateogeographic maps overlaying the previous 250 million years
  • Written via across the world well-known specialists within the field

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