Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology
This is the first text to combine palaeontology and palaeobiology. Traditional textbooks treat these separately, despite the recent trend to combine ... Show synopsis This is the first text to combine palaeontology and palaeobiology. Traditional textbooks treat these separately, despite the recent trend to combine them in teaching. It bridges the gap between purely theoretical palaeobiology and purely descriptive invertebrate palaeontology books. The text is targeted at undergraduate geology and biology majors, with the emphasis on organisms rather than dead objects to be described and catalogued. Current ideas from modern biology, ecology, population genetics and many other concepts will be applied to the study of the fossil record. - This is the most up-to-date text in key topics such as systematics, molecular phylogeny, isotopic palaeobiology, evolution and extinction, and many other new ideas in palaeobiology and macroevolution. - New material is included on Permo-Triassic Extinctions and the recent hypothesis on Lewy. - The book has a new chapter on palaeobotany entitled "Traces of the Earth's Green Mantle."