By Claus Nielsen

Animal Evolution presents a complete research of the evolutionary interrelationships and myriad variety of the Animal nation. It studies the classical, morphological details from constitution and embryology, in addition to the hot information received from stories utilizing immune stainings of nerves and muscular tissues and blastomere markings which makes it attainable to keep on with the destiny of unmarried blastomeres all of the method to early organogenesis. until eventually lately, the knowledge from analyses of gene sequences has tended to provide myriads of relatively diverging timber. in spite of the fact that, the most recent iteration of molecular tools, utilizing many genes, expressed series tags, or even entire genomes, has introduced a brand new balance to the sphere. For the 1st time this booklet brings jointly the knowledge from those assorted fields, and demonstrates that it's certainly now attainable to construct a phylogenetic tree from a mix of either morphology and gene sequences.

This completely revised 3rd version of Animal Evolution brings the topic absolutely modern, in particular in gentle of the most recent advances in molecular strategies. The ebook is generously illustrated all through with finely exact line drawings and transparent diagrams, a lot of them new.

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The only problematic groups are the Placozoa (Trichoplax) and the ctenophores. Trichoplax (Chapter 11) has been much discussed, but both morphological and newer molecular studies indicate that it is the sister group of the Neuralia (Cnidaria + Bilateria). It can be interpreted as a flattened gastrula with the endoderm functioning both in locomotion and digestion. Its ontogeny is unfortunately unknown, but its lack of a nervous system clearly sets it apart from the neuralians. The ctenophores (Chapter 15) have a mesoderm and a nervous system, but have nevertheless been placed in the basal metazoans, or in various other basal positions in most molecular studies.

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