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Assembling the Tree of Life Hardcover – July 22, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0195172348 ISBN-10: 0195172345 Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1St Edition edition (July 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195172345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195172348
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Assembling the Tree of Life presents a preliminary view of one of the grand enterprises of modern science, resolving the phylogeny of all life... This volume, the product of a 2002 symposium by the same name held at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, seeks to blow away the mist and reveal the structure of the whole Tree and, in doing so, galvanize the systematics community toward unifying its goals." -- Science

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Joel Cracraft is at American Museum of Natural History. Michael J. Donoghue is at Yale University.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Badger on January 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
As a researcher working on microbial evolution I found this book quite useful as a summary of what is currently known about phylogeny of the various groups of microbes (as well as satisfying idle curiosity about the relations of various macrobes that the bulk of the book deals with). My only criticism is that in some cases the authors of the individual chapters chose unfortunately not to address the declared topic of their assigned chapter but rather to use the space to discuss something else. In particular, one learns little about the phylogeny of Bacteria and Archaea in Ford Doolittle's chapter of that name; instead Doolittle mostly discusses his theories on lateral gene transfer which, while certainly interesting if one hasn't read about them elsewhere, are not very helpful in a reference book on phylogeny. A similar argument could be made with Herve Philippe's chapter on early eukaryotic evolution, which mostly discusses problems of long branch attraction. However, other chapters in the book such as those of Baldauf, et al. and Norm Pace do cover microbial phylogeny in a more useful manner, so all is not lost by such digressions.
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After being challenged by a UK bookseller (not delivering!) I was delighted to receive from Amazon this book within much shorter time than the overseas delivery schedule suggested; minor damage due to insufficient packaging did not spoil my pleasure; great book for those who want to be up to date with progress on evolutionary lineages; though sometimes a bit too scientific for those (me!) not that familiar with scientific names, especially. Good reference book when trying to figure out how closely related some species are to each other (proximity quite different sometimes as I expected as a layman); it makes evolutionary science not a popular reading like Stephen Jay Gould did, but I manage.
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By Gene Genoar on June 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This amazing set of articles is inspiring; breathtaking. The unified nature of life is something that I take as a given, but to see the science of it is heady! The various groups of life are spoken about by experts in that particular area. Trees show genetic relationships.

I only wish it had some color in it. All illustrations are black-and-white. This is closer to a textbook than a field guide, but that's fine by me.
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