Paleontology

Download E-books Anthropoid Origins: New Visions (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects) PDF

This moment variation should be an edited quantity of curiosity to those that do learn and educate concerning the evolution of primates. It goals to show to primatologists, anthropologists, palaeontologists, and neuroscientists the newest reviews of primate phylogeny, the anthropoid fossil checklist, the evolution of the primate visible process, and the foundation of the anthropoid social structures. This identify contains a CD-ROM and colour figures.

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Download E-books Sea Dragons: Predators of the Prehistoric Oceans PDF

By Richard Ellis

Within the days while dinosaurs ruled the earth, their marine opposite numbers each piece as colossal and ferocious reigned preferrred in prehistoric seas. during this entrancing publication, Richard Ellis, one of many world's prime writers at the denizens of the deep, takes us again to the Mesozoic period to resurrect the interesting lives of those big seagoing reptiles.

Working from the fossil list, Ellis explores the normal historical past of those fierce predators, speculates on their conduct, and tells how they ultimately grew to become extinct or did they? He lines the 200-million-year heritage of the nice ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and mosasaurs who swam the traditional oceans and who, in response to a few, will even nonetheless widespread the likes of Loch Ness.

Picture in the event you will seventy-foot dragons with foot-long serrated tooth, or an animal that seemed like a crocodile crossed with a shark the scale of a small yacht. With its impossibly lengthy neck, Plesiosaurus conybeari has been in comparison to "a big snake threaded during the physique of a turtle." At a size of approximately sixty toes, Mosasaurus hoffmanni boasted strong jaws and enamel that may crunch up even the hardest-shelled substantial sea turtle. And Kronosaurus queenslandicus, maybe the main ambitious of the lot, had a cranium 9 ft lengthy greater than two times that of Tyrannosaurus Rex with tooth to compare.

The first ebook approximately those remarkable animals in approximately a century, Sea Dragons attracts upon the newest clinical examine to vividly reconstruct their lives and habitats. Their fossils were stumbled on around the globe in Europe, Australia, Japan, or even Kansas in lands that after lay at the flooring of Jurassic and Triassic seas. alongside the best way, the publication additionally offers interesting insights into and enjoyable stories concerning the paintings, discoveries, and competing theories that compose the attention-grabbing international of vertebrate paleontology.

Ellis additionally graces his textual content with a suite of incomparable illustrations. generally hailed as our prime artist of marine normal heritage, he depicts vividly how those creatures most likely seemed and, via those likenesses, invitations us to take a position on their locomotion, their predatory behavior, their very life.

A real publication of marvels and wonders, Sea Dragons will surely stir one's interest approximately our planet's prehistoric earlier.

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Download E-books Kurze Geschichte der Geologie und Paläontologie: Ein Lesebuch (German Edition) PDF

By Helmut Hölder

Die Kurze Geschichte der Geologie und Paläontologie beschreibt die Entwicklung des Wissenschaftsgebietes von der Antike bis heute, die vor allem durch die jüngsten technischen Errungenschaften deutlich beschleunigt wurde. Von anderen Darstellungen unterscheidet sich dieses Buch dadurch, daß als Ausgangspunkt das 17. Jahrhundert mit dem Ringen um die wahre Natur der Fossilien gewählt ist, von dem aus der Blick rückwärts in die Antike und vorwärts bis in die unmittelbare Gegenwart gelenkt wird. Das Ziel des Buches ist es, Wissenschaftlern, Studierenden und Freunden der Geologie und Paläontologie einen Überblick über den historischen Wandel ihres Fachgebietes in shape eines anregenden Lesebuchs zu geben. Ein Anhang sowie Abbildungen und Porträtskizzen des Autors runden das Buch ab.

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Download E-books Telling the Evolutionary Time: Molecular Clocks and the Fossil Record (Systematics Association Special Volumes) PDF

This booklet provides a dialogue among molecular biologists and paleontologists, within which they examine the importance of competing assets of information, clarify the character of molecular clocks and the fossil list, and try and increase compromise versions that comprise conflicting evaluations. those are provided as a chain of case reviews facing the various most vital teams of advanced organisms. study scientists and complicated undergraduates around the box of evolutionary biology will locate Telling Evolutionary Time: Molecular Clocks and Fossil checklist a stimulating quantity, bringing new perception and viewpoint to a thorny debate.

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Download E-books Evolution of Primary Producers in the Sea PDF

This article reference examines how photosynthesis developed in the world and the way phytoplankton advanced via time – eventually to allow the evolution of advanced existence, together with people. the 1st of its sort, this booklet offers thorough assurance of key issues, with contributions by means of major specialists in biophysics, evolutionary biology, micropaleontology, marine ecology, and biogeochemistry.

This intriguing new ebook is of curiosity not just to scholars and researchers in marine technological know-how, but additionally to evolutionary biologists and ecologists drawn to realizing the origins and diversification of lifestyles. Primary manufacturers of the Sea deals those scholars and researchers an realizing of the molecular evolution, phylogeny, fossil list, and environmental tactics that jointly allows us to understand the increase of phytoplankton and their impression on Earth's ecology and biogeochemistry. it truly is absolute to develop into the 1st and top notice in this exhilarating subject.

* Discusses the evolution of phytoplankton within the world's oceans because the first residing organisms and the 1st and simple manufacturers within the earths nutrients chain
* contains the most recent advancements within the evolution and ecology of marine phytoplankton in particular with more information on marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles
* the one e-book to contemplate of the evolution of phytoplankton and its function in molecular evolution, biogeochemistry, paleontology, and oceanographic features
* Written at a degree appropriate for comparable analyzing use in classes at the Evolution of the Biosphere, Ecological and organic oceanography and marine biology, and Biodiversity

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Download E-books Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters PDF

By Donald R. Prothero

Over the prior two decades, paleontologists have made super fossil discoveries, together with fossils that mark the expansion of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. this day there exists an grand range of fossil people, suggesting we walked upright lengthy earlier than we obtained huge brains, and new proof from molecules that let scientists to decipher the tree of lifestyles as by no means before.

The fossil list is now one of many most powerful traces of proof for evolution. during this attractive and richly illustrated e-book, Donald R. Prothero weaves an wonderful although intellectually rigorous background out of the transitional varieties and sequence that dot the fossil list. starting with a short dialogue of the character of technological know-how and the "monkey company of creationism," Prothero tackles matters starting from flood geology and rock courting to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the constituents of the primordial soup, the consequences of communal dwelling, invertebrate transitions, the advance of the spine, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the jump from chimpanzee to human. Prothero can pay specific consciousness to the hot discovery of "missing hyperlinks" that entire the fossil timeline and info the talk among biologists over the mechanisms riding the evolutionary process.

Evolution is an soaking up blend of firsthand remark, clinical discovery, and trenchant research. With the instructing of evolution nonetheless a subject matter, there could not be a greater second for a ebook clarifying the character and cost of fossil facts. widely known as a number one specialist in his box, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of lifestyles in the world is much extra awe inspiring than the slender view of extremists.

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Download E-books Time Machines: Scientific Explorations in Deep Time PDF

What's the previous? it's a time in addition to a spot. Acclaimed writer Peter D. Ward describes the instruments that modern scientists use to discover proof in regards to the prior - terrain, weather, and the existence types that after inhabited this planet. Time Machines provides interesting profiles of the deep earlier and the scientists who're making it come alive.
"...for the final reader, Time Machines could be the best publication but by means of the college of Washington prof..." -SEATTLE WEEKLY
"For a person drawn to how and why in addition to the what of paleontology, Time Machines is a needs to read."-AMERICAN SCIENTIST

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Download E-books Neoproterozoic Geobiology and Paleobiology (Topics in Geobiology) PDF

This quantity offers a pattern of perspectives and visions between the various transforming into numbers of Neoproterozoic employees. It contains a set of multidisciplinary studies at the Neoproterozoic fossil list, evolutionary developmental biology of animals, and molecular clock estimates of phylogenetic divergences. those subject matters are of constant curiosity to geoscientists and bioscientists who're intrigued by way of the deep historical past of the Earth and its inhabitants.

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Download E-books Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles in Britain and Europe (Oxford Monographs on Geology and Geophysics) PDF

By J. Alan Holman

The Pleistocene epoch or Ice Age, a longer interval of advancing and chickening out ice sheets, is characterised via awesome climatic oscillations and sea point fluctuations. This age observed the increase and unfold of people and a very good extinction of enormous mammals by way of the top of the epoch; in reality, the realm this present day is largely the fabricated from dramatic alterations that came about within the Pleistocene. This publication, a significant other to the author's Pleistocene Amphibians and Reptiles in North America, discusses the Pleistocene amphibians and reptiles in Britain and the eu continent eastward via present-day Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Yugoslavian republics, and Greece. The booklet starts with a normal dialogue of the Pleistocene in Britain and Europe with an emphasis on nearby phrases used to outline Pleistocene chronological occasions. subsequent, a glance on the pre-Pleistocene herpetofauna of the examine sector units the level for a dialogue of Pleistocene herpetofauna. an important element of the ebook includes a "bestiary," a chain of annotated taxonomic debts of Pleistocene herpetological taxa from the area. Following this is often the interpretive part, starting with a dialogue of herpetological species as paleoenvironmental symptoms and carrying on with with an research of herpetological inhabitants alterations to Pleistocene occasions in Britain and Europe, after which with a dialogue of extinction styles within the sector. eventually, the writer compares Pleistocene herpetological occasions in Europe with these in North the US. This quantity and its significant other jointly supply an updated and accomplished evaluation of Pleistocene herpetofaunas throughout a good portion of the Northern Hemisphere.

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Download E-books Integrated Stratigraphy of the Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian (Late Jurassic) in northern Switzerland and adjacent southern Germany (Denkschriften der schweizerischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft) PDF

By Reinhart A. Gygi

1. 1 Geographical and 1. 2 past paintings palaeogeographical atmosphere Stratigraphic exploration of the Swiss Jura variety all started ahead of The measuring of specific sections and the excavation of fossils 1820. MERIAN (1821) defined the Jurassic sediments within the ar- have been performed in a space that is constrained to the west by means of a line be- ea of Basel for the 1st time and gave a quick and acceptable tween Boncourt in Canton Jura and Biel in Canton Bern description of the important lithostratigraphic devices. Merian (fig. 1). The belt of outcrops turns into narrower in the direction of the east used to be conscious that fossils have been a way for correlation, yet he acknowledged after which runs northeast from Canton Aargau to Mohringen on that fossils weren't recognized good sufficient on the time for this the Danube river in southern Germany. this complete region is goal. hence he correlated strictly lithostratigraphically. the place the Burgundy platform (PuRSER 1979) interfingers with He correlated the marls of the Biirschwil Formation of the early sediments of the rhodano-swabian epicontinental sea which and center Oxfordian within the relevant Jura with the marls of the was once positioned adjoining to northern Tethys (fig. 63). the entire Effingen Member of the center and past due Oxfordian within the east- zone was once reworked into an epicontinental sea (fig. 2) via the ern Jura variety (fig. 3).

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