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Vertebrate Evolution: From Origins to Dinosaurs and Beyond

Vertebrate Evolution
Author: Donald R. Prothero
publisher :CRC Press
ISBN 10 :036747316X
ISBN 13 :‎‎9780367473167
page Number : 296
file size : 63 MB




The first vertebrate animals appear in the fossil record over 520 million years ago. These lineages diversified and eventually crept ashore leading to further evolutionary divergence and the appearance of the familiar charismatic vertebrates of today. From the tiniest fishes, diminutive salamanders, and miniaturized lizards to gargantuan dinosaurs, enormous brontotheres, and immense whales, vertebrates have captured the imagination of the lay public as well as the most erudite academics. They are the among the best studied organisms. This book employs beautifully rendered illustrations of these diverse lineages along with informative text to document a rich evolutionary history. The prolific and best-selling author reveals much of the latest findings regarding the phylogenetic history of vertebrates without overwhelming the reader with pedantry and excessive jargon. Simultaneously, comprehensive and authoritative while being approachable and lucid, this book should appeal to both the scholar, the student, and the fossil enthusiast.

Key Features


    • Provides an up-to-date account of evolution of vertebrates


    • Includes numerous beautiful color reconstructions of prehistoric vertebrates


    • Describes extinct vertebrates and their evolutionary history


    • Discusses and illustrates the first vertebrates, as well as familiar lineages of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals


  • Reviews mass extinctions and other important events in the diversification of vertebrates

Related Titles

Schweitzer, M. H., et al. Dinosaurs: How We know What We Know (ISBN 9780367563813)

Bard, J. Evolution: The Origins and Mechanisms of Diversity (ISBN 9780367357016)

Böhmer, C., et al. Atlas of Terrestrial Mammal Limbs (ISBN 9781138705906)

Diogo, R., et al. Muscles of Chordates: Development, Homologies, and Evolution (ISBN 9781138571167).