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Re: Good New Book
Chris and others,
Want to elaborate or point out any of his phylogenetic hypotheses which
are most likely to change?
Does he recognize a holophyletic Lophotrochozoa as a major clade of
Metazoa (a presently popular bandwagon many people are jumping on these
days). And whatever he did with prokaryotes, it is probably destined for
just as much change as Metazoan phylogeny. Sounds like a fascinating book
P.S. Does he present cladograms in a format similar to those of Brusca and
From: chris brochu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Good New Book
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 06:47:45 -0500
>At 16:58 05/11/00 -0600, you wrote:
>>I have a really good new book to recommend to you all.
>>It's called the Variety of Life, and it's written by British biologist
>Colin Tudge. Basically, it classifies and describes every creature that
>has ever lived. There are probably about 30 cladograms, including some
>really nice ones tracing the evolution of archosaurs, birds, mammals, and
>specifically primates and humans.
>>It's probably the single best classification book that I've seen.
>>This book was published by Oxford, and you can probably find it on their
>Yep, it's a mammoth work by a good guy. Best way for non-brits to get
>of it is probably through amazon.co.uk. (It'll only make it onto
>if it has a US version/distributor).
I was able to get a copy from amazon.com, and have seen it for sale at both
Barnes & Noble and Borders here in the states.
I agree that this is a good book. The only reason I hesitated in
purchasing a copy is that many of the phylogenetic hypotheses discussed are
likely to change, so this is a book likely to go through multiple editions
(a problem that would plague any book on this topic).
Christopher A. Brochu
Department of Geology
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
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