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  1. On the Origin of Phyla
    On the Origin of Phyla
    On the Origin of Phyla
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  2. On the Origin of Phyla

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Owing its inspiration and title to On the Origin of Species, James W. Valentine's ambitious book synthesizes and applies the vast treasury of theory and research collected in the century and a half since Darwin's time. By investigating the origins of life's diversity, Valentine unlocks the mystery of the origin of phyla.

One of the twentieth century's most distinguished paleobiologists, Valentine here integrates data from molecular genetics, evolutionary developmental biology, embryology, comparative morphology, and paleontology into an analysis of interest to scholars from any of these fields. He begins by examining the sorts of evidence that can be gleaned from fossils, molecules, and morphology, then reviews and compares the basic morphology and development of animal phyla, emphasizing the important design elements found in the bodyplans of both living and extinct phyla. Finally, Valentine undertakes the monumental task of developing models to explain the origin and early diversification of animal phyla, as well as their later evolutionary patterns.

Truly a magnum opus, On the Origin of Phyla will take its place as one of the classic scientific texts of the twentieth century, affecting the work of paleontologists, morphologists, and developmental, molecular, and evolutionary biologists for decades to come.

"A magisterial compendium . . . . Valentine offers a judicious evaluation of an astonishing array of evidence."—Richard Fortey, New Scientist

"Truly a magnum opus, On the Origin of Phyla has already taken its place as one of the classic scientific texts of the twentieth century, affecting the work of paleontologists, morphologists, and developmental, molecular, and evolutionary biologists for decades to come."—Ethology, Ecology & Evolution

"Valentine is one of the Renaissance minds of our time. . . . Darwin wisely called his best-known work On the Origin of the Species; the origin of the phyla is an even stickier problem, and Valentine deserves credit for tackling it at such breadth . . . . A magnificient book."—Stefan Bengtson, Nature 

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Great text on the Phylogenetic classification's of different species and how they are related to each other from the past to the present. This is Earth and it's history through the ages with paleontology, metazoan anatomy, and all the biology you need to learn about the earths development through natural selection. Great drawings and detail also in this text to help you better understand the origins of phyla.
This is a remarkable book, one that might well escape the attention of interested readers due to its title, which is not likely to appeal to a non-professional readership. But it's nothing less than a milestone in evolutionary theory, written by one of our greatest living evolutionary biologists, James W. Valentine, of the University of California's pioneering Department of Integrative Biology. I believe it’s a scientist’s testament, too – an effort to summarize the sum product of a lifetime’s work and the central lessons learned. For all of these reasons and many more, I believe this book is one of the greatest scientific works written in the opening years of the 21st century, and I am certain that it will be regarded as such by those who follow in our footsteps. This is a book that belongs on the shelf of anyone who has wondered how animal life originated – a book to savor, and return to, as one’s understanding grows.

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I am a biologist yet found this book a hard study. No, I didn't READ it, I studied it. That's what is required. My little corner of biology is not evolutionary biology, so this book was a bit off my beaten track. For those with the determination, this is a very rewarding work, and may become a classic. It lacks a good glossary; the one it has seems to have been thrown together as an afterthought. The illustrations could benefit from serious upgrading. Yet with these minor faults, I still rate this book as 5 stars. A truly marvelous work.
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