- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 1 edition (January 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936221039
- ISBN-13: 978-1936221035
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity 1st Edition
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About the Author
Douglas Erwin is a paleobiologist with interests in evolutionary innovations and the end-Permian mass extinction and subsequent biotic recovery, among other areas. Recent field projects have taken him to China, South Africa, and Canada. He is Senior Scientist and Curator in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History and a professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of six books, including most recently Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago (Princeton University Press, 2005).
Jim Valentine has spent the last 50 years trying to understand the paleoecological and macroevolutionary principles that have shaped the fossil record of the marine biosphere. He has found the earliest animal records to be a particular challenge to such interpretation and a delight to investigate. He is active Professor Emeritus of Integrative Biology at the University of California, and the author of many books, including most recently On the Origin of Phyla (University of Chicago Press, 2004).
Top customer reviews
Erwin and Valentine cover this remarkable event in a clear, well illustrated, and well-written summary of current thinking on what were the events--geological, genetic, developmental, and environmental--which produced these changes.
I am not a professional biologist (although I am a chemist with biological training). This magisterial book is not for the faint hearted. But for the professional or the dedicated amateur, there is much to learn from these authors.
as to the knowledge they have . about the Precambrian the information about the toxic seas.
all in all a very good read
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A very good overview.