The Rise of Animals: Evolution and Diversification of the Kingdom Animalia

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Among the major events in evolutionary history, few rival in importance the appearance of animals. The Rise of Animals—a significant reference providing a comprehensive synthesis of the early radiation of the animal kingdom—fully captures this moment in geologic time.

Five of the world's leading paleontologists take us on a journey to the most important fossil sites that serve as unique windows to the earliest animal life—including the Ediacara Hills of Australia, the Russian taiga and tundra, the deserts of southwest Africa, and the rugged coasts of Newfoundland. Each of these places holds a rich fossil record that reveals how the animal form came into existence and why some groups succeeded while others failed. The authors describe the diversification of the Kingdom Animalia into the familiar body plans of today: from simple animals such as sponges to complex groups like mollusks, arthropods, echinoderms, and chordates that appear explosively in the Cambrian.

This exquisitely illustrated book reveals the early moments of an evolutionary process that eventually resulted in our own species. An essential resource for paleontologists, biologists, geologists, and teachers, The Rise of Animals is the best single reference on one of earth’s most significant events.

 

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Índice

Earths Structure
10
Atmospheres Past and Present
16
Beginnings of a Modern Earth
25
The Proterozoic Fossil Record
31
lncreasing Oxygen Saline Giants Cold Cradles and Global Playgrounds
38
A Plethora of Body Plans
44
The Misty Coasts of Newfoundland
53
Fossils of Geometric Design
60
An lnternational Reference Point
145
Prospecting Local Flavor and lnternational Conferences
151
The Siberian Tundra
157
lsolationRewards and Challenges
164
The Central Urals Fauna and lts Environmental Setting
171
Beyond the Major Sites
185
The Enigma of South America
191
A Few Other Spots
199

The Future
66
The Nama Fauna of Southern Africa
69
A Plethora of Petalonamae
75
And Then There Were Shells
83
The Ediacara Hills
89
Early lnterpretations of the Ediacara Biota
104
Environment Ecology and Preservation Styles of the Ediacarans
110
Other Fossil Localities of the White Sea Region
130
The White Sea Metazoan Fauna
136
Fueling the Animalia
219
Ice or Impact?
226
A Dramatic CrossroadsThe Cambrian Explosion?
233
Atlas of PreCambrian Metazoans
257
Ediacarans reconstructed for Australia Post Creatures
260
Bibliography
293
Index
315
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Sobre el autor (2007)

Mikhail A. Fedonkin is the head of the Precambrian Laboratory at the Russian Academy of Sciences. James G. Gehling is the senior curator at the South Australian Museum. Kathleen Grey is the chief paleontologist at the Geological Survey of Western Australia. Guy M. Narbonne is a professor and Queen's Research Chair at Queens University, Canada. Patricia Vickers-Rich holds a personal chair of paleontology and is founding director of the Monash Science Centre at Monash University in Australia.

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