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Basic Paleontology

Basic Paleontology - 97 edition

Basic Paleontology - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780582228573

ISBN10: 0582228573

Basic Paleontology by Michael Benton and David Harper - ISBN 9780582228573
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 1997
International: No
Basic Paleontology by Michael Benton and David Harper - ISBN 9780582228573

ISBN13: 9780582228573

ISBN10: 0582228573

Edition: 97

Summary

This important new textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of paleontology. Starting with a discussion of the basic principles of the subject and the fossil record, it goes on to describe the principal features of all the main fossil groups, including plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and trace fossils. Written by two leading paleontologists, the text includes many modern ideas resulting from an improved understanding of evolution and the fossil record, paleobiology and paleoecology.

  • Written in a clear concise style.
  • Illustrated with numerous photographs and line drawings.
  • Student comprehension is aided by lists of key learning objectives at the start of each chapter.
  • Boxes are used to present more advanced material.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1 Palaeontology as a science

2 Fossils in time and space

3 Macroevolution

4 The origin of life

5 Early metazoans

6 Radialians 1: cnidarians and lophophorates

7 Radialians 2: echinoderms and hemichordates

8 Spiralians: arthropods and molluscs

9 Vertebrates

10 Fossil plants

11 Microfossils

12 Trace fossils

13 Major diversifications and extinctions

Geological time scale
Glossary
Index