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Description - Vertebrate Palaeontology by Michael Benton

Vertebrate Palaeontology is a complete, up-to-date history of the evolution of vertebrates. The third edition of this popular text has been extensively revised to incorporate the latest research, including new material from North and South America, Australia, Europe, China, Africa and Russia. The third edition: * highlights astonishing new discoveries including new dinosaurs and Mesozoic birds from China * features an expanded chapter on how to study fossil vertebrates * provides an increased emphasis on the cladistic framework, with cladograms set apart from the body of the text and full lists of diagnostic characters * includes new molecular evidence on early mammal diversification * presents new features to aid study, including new functional and developmental feature spreads, key questions and extensive references to useful web sites The book has a strong phylogenetic focus making it an up-to-date source of the latest broad-scale systematic data on vertebrate evolution. This book will be essential reading for vertebrate palaeontology students in biology and earth science and biology departments.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780632056378
ISBN-10: 0632056371
Format: Paperback
(246mm x 189mm x 20mm)
Pages: 472
Imprint: Blackwell Science Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Benton

Michael Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the University of Bristol. He is interested particularly in early reptiles, Triassic dinosaurs and macroevolution, and has published 50 books and 160 scientific articles.

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