Skip to content
Cart

Your Cart

×

You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

From Clone to Bone
The Synergy of Morphological and Molecular Tools in Palaeobiology

$62.00 (P)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Morphology and Molecules: New Paradigms in Evolutionary Bio

Robert J. Asher, Johannes Müller, Chris Organ, Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds, Robin M. D. Beck, Ross D. E. MacPhee, Hans C. E. Larsson, T. Alexander Dececchi, Luke B. Harrison, Carl Simpson, Leonhard Schmid, Moya Smith, Zerina Johanson, Neal Anthwal, Abigail S. Tucker, Emily A. Buchholtz, Karen E. Sears, Carolyn K. Doroba, Xiaoyi Cao, Dan Xie, Sheng Zhong, Shigeru Kuratani, Hiroshi Nagashima, Christian Mitgutsch, Michael K. Richardson, Merijn A. G. de Bakker, Rafael Jiménez, José Ezequiel Martín, Peter Kondrashov, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra, Michael K. Richardson
View all contributors
  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521176767

$ 62.00 (P)
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook


Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact collegesales@cambridge.org providing details of the course you are teaching.

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • Since the 1980s, a renewed understanding of molecular development has afforded an unprecedented level of knowledge of the mechanisms by which phenotype in animals and plants has evolved. In this volume, top scientists in these fields provide perspectives on how molecular data in biology help to elucidate key questions in estimating paleontological divergence and in understanding the mechanisms behind phenotypic evolution. Paleobiological questions such as genome size, digit homologies, genetic control cascades behind phenotype, estimates of vertebrate divergence dates, and rates of morphological evolution are addressed, with a special emphasis on how molecular biology can inform paleontology, directly and indirectly, to better understand life's past. Highlighting a significant shift towards interdisciplinary collaboration, this is a valuable resource for students and researchers interested in the integration of organismal and molecular biology.

    • Features contributions from top researchers in cutting-edge fields, providing specific examples of how molecular biology informs paleontological understanding
    • Demonstrates how the paleontological toolkit has expanded to include methods and concepts in molecular biology, highlighting the unexpected sources that can inform understanding of deep time
    • Marks a significant shift towards interdisciplinary collaboration, with broad appeal to students and researchers interested in the integration of organismal and molecular biology
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Fundamental questions in biology, such as the origin of form and the tree of life, were major concerns for the leading biologists of the nineteenth century, but those researchers lacked the research tools to test their ideas. This book highlights the remarkable synergies between molecular biologists, developmental biologists, and palaeobiologists in providing new understanding. Asher and Müller have assembled an excellent set of chapters on these themes, and these provide incisive introductions to an important interdisciplinary field."
    Michael J. Benton, University of Bristol

    "This book is a must read for scientists interested in how molecular biology and morphology intersect, and especially for those scientists who are interested in incorporating paleontological evidence in their research. Chapter contributors are world experts in their respective areas, making this work one of the best in the field. Graduate students and faculty who study morphology, specifically those interested in evo-devo (evolutionary/development biology), will gain new insights after reading this important work. Highly recommended."
    T. A. Franz-Odendaal, Choice

    "Each chapter is written in an accessible manner, and is appropriate for graduate-level students to late career scientists. Asher and Müller have assembled an exciting volume that provides great cohesive insight into the synergistic nature of modern paleontology and molecular biology."
    The Quarterly Review of Biology

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521176767
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 174 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 8 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Molecular tools in paleobiology: divergence and mechanisms Robert J. Asher and Johannes Müller
    Part I. Divergence:
    2. Genomics and the lost world: paleontological insights into genome evolution Chris Organ
    3. Rocking clocks and clocking rocks: a critical look at divergence time estimation in mammals Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds, Robin M. D. Beck and Ross D. E. MacPhee
    4. Morphological largess: can morphology offer more and be modeled as a stochastic evolutionary process? Hans C. E. Larsson, T. Alexander Dececchi and Luke B. Harrison
    5. Species selection in the molecular age Carl Simpson and Johannes Müller
    Part II. Mechanisms:
    6. Reconstructing the molecular underpinnings of morphological diversification: a case study of the Triassic fish Saurichthys Leonhard Schmid
    7. A molecular guide to regulation of morphological pattern in the vertebrate dentition and the evolution of dental development Moya Smith and Zerina Johanson
    8. Molecular biology of the mammalian dentary: insights into how complex skeletal elements can be shaped during development and evolution Neal Anthwal and Abigail S. Tucker
    9. Flexibility and constraint: patterning the axial skeleton in mammals Emily A. Buchholtz
    10. Molecular determinants of marsupial limb integration and constraint Karen E. Sears, Carolyn K. Doroba, Xiaoyi Cao, Dan Xie and Sheng Zhong
    11. A developmental basis for innovative evolution of the turtle shell Shigeru Kuratani and Hiroshi Nagashima
    12. A molecular-morphological study of a peculiar limb morphology: the development and evolution of the mole's 'thumb' Christian Mitgutsch, Michael K. Richardson, Merijn A. G. de Bakker, Rafael Jiménez, José Ezequiel Martín, Peter Kondrashov and Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra
    13. Manus horribilis: the chicken wing skeleton Michael K. Richardson
    Index.

  • Editors

    Robert J. Asher, University of Cambridge
    Robert J. Asher is a Lecturer and Curator of Vertebrates in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, UK. He is a vertebrate paleontologist, specializing in mammals, with interests in phylogenetics and development.

    Johannes Müller, Museum für Naturkunde; Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
    Johannes Müller is Professor of Paleozoology at the Museum für Naturkunde and Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He is a paleobiologist, focusing on the evolutionary diversification of fossil and recent reptiles.

    Contributors

    Robert J. Asher, Johannes Müller, Chris Organ, Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds, Robin M. D. Beck, Ross D. E. MacPhee, Hans C. E. Larsson, T. Alexander Dececchi, Luke B. Harrison, Carl Simpson, Leonhard Schmid, Moya Smith, Zerina Johanson, Neal Anthwal, Abigail S. Tucker, Emily A. Buchholtz, Karen E. Sears, Carolyn K. Doroba, Xiaoyi Cao, Dan Xie, Sheng Zhong, Shigeru Kuratani, Hiroshi Nagashima, Christian Mitgutsch, Michael K. Richardson, Merijn A. G. de Bakker, Rafael Jiménez, José Ezequiel Martín, Peter Kondrashov, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra, Michael K. Richardson

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×