ISBN-10:
0674021835
ISBN-13:
9780674021839
Pub. Date:
01/15/2007
Publisher:
Harvard
The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification

The Tree of Life: A Phylogenetic Classification

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Overview

Did you know that you are more closely related to a mushroom than to a daisy? That crocodiles are closer to birds than to lizards? That dinosaurs are still among us? That the terms "fish," "reptiles," and "invertebrates" do not indicate scientific groupings? All this is the result of major changes in classification, whose methods have been totally revisited over the last thirty years.

Modern classification, based on phylogeny, no longer places humans at the center of nature. Groups of organisms are no longer defined by their general appearance, but by their different individual characteristics. Phylogeny, therefore, by showing common ancestry, outlines a tree of evolutionary relationships from which one can retrace the history of life.

This book diagrams the tree of life according to the most recent methods of classification. By showing how life forms arose and developed and how they are related, The Tree of Life presents a key to the living world in all its dazzling variety.,

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674021839
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/15/2007
Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library , #14
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Guillaume Lecointre is Professor and Research Scientist at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

Hervé Le Guyader is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (Université Paris 6).

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Life

2. Eubacteria

3. Archaea

4. Eukaryotes

5. Chlorobionta

6. Embryophyta

7. Metazoa

8. Protostomia

9. Mollusca

10. Euarthropoda

11. Deuterostomia

12. Sarcopterygii

13. Mammalia

14. Primata

15. Actinopteryii

Appendixes

Sequenced Genomes

General bibliography

Glossary

Index of common names

Index of Latin names

What People are Saying About This

At long last, we have a single source on the classification of the diversity of life based upon modern methodological and conceptual advances. This book is a milestone that will move forward the teaching and understanding of the great tree of life and its branches. The authors are to be commended for creating a book that will be of value to anyone interested in the diversity and history of life on earth, from bacteria to orchids from fungi to man.

John W. Wenzel

While so many fundamental texts rely on new advances in genetics to tell us what is known about the machinery of life, basically none provides a revision of the way that we view the structure of the world itself. This is the only book centered on the pattern of biological data, and it should be a model for every book on biological diversity that follows.
— Cladistics, review of French edition

Dennis W. Stevenson

At long last, we have a single source on the classification of the diversity of life based upon modern methodological and conceptual advances. This book is a milestone that will move forward the teaching and understanding of the great tree of life and its branches. The authors are to be commended for creating a book that will be of value to anyone interested in the diversity and history of life on earth, from bacteria to orchids from fungi to man.
Dennis W. Stevenson, Vice President for Botanical Science & Rupert Barneby Curator, New York Botanical Garden

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