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Vertebrate Palaeontology by Michael J.…

Vertebrate Palaeontology

by Michael J. Benton

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Benton manages to write a thorough text on various vertebrate groups and their evolutionary trends, mentioning specific important species and basic morphology without making the book as dry as a bone. As one can always state about books that are overviews, one could wish for more thorough coverage of personal groups of interest, but as an overview, this is a great book. The diagrams and phylogenetic charts are very helpful, and the case studies that are provided in offset boxes are very interesting.

One major complaint about the book is the number of typos and mislabeled diagrams...it can become rather confusing. I have taken a pen to the book and with careful reading, re-reading and cross referencing, have corrected the errors in my own copy to save me the brain strain...but on the whole, this book does what one would want from it. ( )
  Jennisis | May 31, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0632056371, Paperback)

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.
Highlights astonishing new discoveries including new dinosaurs and Mesozoic birds from China
features a new 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
new features aid study including new functional and developmental feature spreads, key questions and extensive references to useful web sites
strong phylogenetic focus making it an up-to-date source of the latest broad-scale systematic data on vertebrate evolution

To access the artwork from the book, please visit: www.blackwellpublishing.com/benton.

An Instructor manual CD-ROM for this title is available. Please contact our Higher Education team at HigherEducation@wiley.com for more information.

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