Basic Paleontology: Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record

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This book presents a comprehensive overview of the science of the history of life. Paleobiologists bring many analytical tools to bear in interpreting the fossil record and the book introduces the latest techniques, from multivariate investigations of biogeography and biostratigraphy to engineering analysis of dinosaur skulls, and from homeobox genes to cladistics. All the well-known fossil groups are included, including microfossils and invertebrates, but an important feature is the thorough coverage of plants, vertebrates and trace fossils together with discussion of the origins of both life and the metazoans., All key related subjects are introduced, such as systematics, ecology, evolution and development, stratigraphy and their roles in understanding where life came from and how it evolved and diversified. Unique features of the book are the numerous case studies from current research that lead students to the primary literature, analytical and mathematical explanations and tools, together with associated problem sets and practical schedules for instructors and students. ..any serious student of geology who does not pick this book off the shelf will be putting themselves at a huge disadvantage., The material may be complex, but the text is extremely accessible and well organized, and the book ought to be essential reading for palaeontologists at undergraduate, postgraduate and more advanced levels both in Britain as well as in North America. Falcon-Lang, H., Proc. Geol., Assoc. 2010 this is an excellent introduction to palaeontology in general. It is well structured, accessibly written and pleasantly informative ..I would recommend this as a standard reference text to all my students without hesitation., David Norman Geol Mag 2010 Companion website This book includes a companion website at: www.blackwellpublishing.com/paleobiology The website includes: * An ongoing database of additional Practical s prepared by the authors *

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"The shear scope of the book is a marvel. The easily accessibleEnglish which has been employed by the authors makes this book asure-fire hit for anyone with a basic grasp of palaeontology andwho needs to acquire an authoritative overview of the seeminglydisparate parts of the subject. Introduction to Paleobiology andthe Fossil Records is therefore perfect for undergraduate andpostgraduate students of palaeontology; however, it will alsoendear it to anybody with a palaeontological background orinterest. It is an outstanding contribution and in my opinion amust for all." (Geological Journal, August 2010)

"This book provides an excellent introduction to the study ofpaleobiology for advanced students in paleontology, evolutionarybiology, and related fields." (CHOICE, February 2009)

.."any serious student of geology who does not pick thisbook off the shelf will be putting themselves at a hugedisadvantage. The material may be complex, but the text isextremely accessible and well organized, and the book ought to beessential reading for palaeontologists at undergraduate, postgraduate and more advanced levels-both in Britain as wellas in North America." (Proceedings of the Geologists'Association, 2010)

..".this is an excellent introduction to palaeontology ingeneral. It is well structured, accessibly written and pleasantlyinformative .....I would recommend this as a standard referencetext to all my students without hesitation." (GeologicalMagazine, 2010)

"This is the best paleontology textbook on the market today. Itis a sure bet to set young students on the right path, and providesthe 'long' answer to the question 'What should I study?'" (TheQuarterly Review of Biology, March 2010)

"This undergraduate level college textbook presents acomprehensive overview into the science of paleobiology, and themany analytical tools and latest techniques used to interpret thefossil record." (The Birdbooker Report, February 2009)

"This book gives a competent, comprehensive and easy readableoverview of all aspects of palaeontology and palaeobiology, whichcan be highly recommend to all, who are interested in the record oflife from the beginning." (Geological Survey of Austria, December 2008)

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Michael J. 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. David Harper is a leading expert on fossil brachiopods and numerical methods in palaeontology. He is Professor of Palaeontology in the University of Copenhagen, where he is currently Head of Geology in the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He has published over 10 books and monographs, including a couple of influential textbooks, as well as over 250 scientific articles and, together with Oyvind Hammer, the widely-used software package PAST. His time is divided between collection management, exhibition work, research and some teaching.

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