The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

By: Rafael Zardoya (author), Pablo Vargas (author)Hardback

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The Tree of Life presents the ultimate phylogenetic tree; featuring 44 chapters each authored by experts in their field, it provides for the first time a comprehensive overview of evolutionary relationships for the main groups of living organism.

About Author

Pablo Vargas is Scientific Researcher of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid, Spain. He earned his Ph.D. at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid and completed a four-year postdoctoral period in California (UC Berkeley), England (University of Reading) and Germany (University of Mainz). The postdoctoral period and current researcher position allowed specialization in plant phylogenetics. As a result, he has published over 100 scientific papers, including tree reconstructions of more than 20 angiosperm families in the last 15 years. In addition, four more books on public dissemination of plant sciences were also published in this period. Currently, three main projects address hypotheses on systematics of Mediterranean angiosperm families, phylogenomics of the olive tree and relatives, and ecological processes in plants and animals of the Galapagos Islands. Rafael Zardoya is Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid, Spain. He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University Complutense of Madrid and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (with Axel Meyer). His current research interests include: the study of higher phylogenetic relationships of several metazoan phyla, with particular emphasis on mollusks and vertebrates; the genetic basis of speciation in marine snails and their phylogeography; the molecular evolution of complete animal mitochondrial genomes and nuclear gene families; and the performance and limitations of phylogenetic methods in a genomic context.


Presentation.- Preface, Francisco Ayala.- Prologue, Michael J. Donoghue.- Introduction.- 1. Systematics: Charting the Tree of Life; Fredrik Ronquist.- 2. Great Domains: Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya; David Moreira.- 3. Archaea and Bacteria: The Prokaryotic Cell Organization; Ramon Rossello and Josefa Anton.- 4. The Domain Eucarya: The Rise of Organisms with Nucleated Cells; Guifre Torruella, David Moreira, and Inaki Ruiz-Trillo.- 5. The Former 'Protists': Amoebozoa, Rhizaria, Excavata, Haptophyta, Cryptophyta, Heterokonta, and Alveolata; Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, David Moreira, and Inaki Ruiz-Trillo.- 6. Plants: Origin of Glaucophytes and Rhodophytes, before Land Plant Diversification; Adrian Reyes-Prieto.- 7. Chlorobionts: Ancestors of Land Plants; Francisco F. Pedroche.- 8. Embryophytes: Early Land Plants; Josep A. Rossello.- 9. Tracheophytes: Land Conquest by Vascular Plants; Virginia Valcarcel and Pablo Vargas.- 10. Ferns: Vascular Plants that Reproduce by Spores; Santiago Pajaron and Emilia Pangua.- 11. Conifers: The Most Diverse Group of Seed Plants; David S. Gernandt and Alejandra Vazquez Lobo.- 12. Angiosperms: Plants with Flowers that Produce Fruits; Pablo Vargas.- 13. Monocotelydons: Great Diversity of an Ancient Angiosperm Lineage; Modesto Luceno and Santiago Martin-Bravo.- 14. Eudicotyledons: The Greatest Flower Diversity in Angiosperms; Susana Magallon and Pablo Vargas.- 15. Fungi: Hyperdiversity Closer to Animals than to Plants; Ana Crespo, Pradeep K. Divakar, and H. Thorsten Lumbsch.- 16. Metazoans: The Rise of Early Animals; Manuel Maldonado.- 17. Eumetazoans: The Rise of Tissue and Guts; Andre C. Morandini and Monica Medina.- 18. Bilaterians: The Evolutionary Advantage of Being Two-sided; Marta Riutort, Jordi Paps, and Inaki Ruiz-Trillo.- 19. Protostomes: The Greatest Animal Diversity; Gonzalo Giribet.- 20. Spiralians: Animals with Spiral Cleavage and Their Relatives; Gonzalo Giribet.- 21. Molluscs: Diversity of Shells and Soft Bodies; Cristina Grande and Rafa Zardoya.- 22. Annelids: Segmented Worms; M. Teresa Aguado, Maria Capa, Alejandro Oceguera-Figueroa, and Greg W. Rouse.- 23. Platyhelminthes: Are Flatworms Simple or Simplified?; Marta Riutort.- 24. Ecdysozoans: The Molting Animals; Noemi Guil and Gonzalo Giribet.- 25. Nematodes: The Ubiquitous Roundworms; Alfonso Navas.- 26. Panarthropods: Arthropods and Their Closest Relatives; Gustavo Hormiga and Jesus Ballesteros Chavez.- 27. Chelicerates: The Eight-Legged Colonization of Land; Miquel Arnedo and Carles Ribera.- 28. Mandibulates: Arthropods with Mandibles; Marcos Perez-Losada.- 29. Hexapods: Insects and Closely Related Groups; Ignacio Ribera.- 30. Odonates: Dragonflies and Damselflies; Adolfo Cordero. 31. Orthopterans: Grasshoppers and Katydids, the First Singers on Earth; Mario Garcia-Paris.- 32. Hemipterans: The Largest Hemimetabolous Insect Order; Dora Aguin Pombo and Thierry Bourgoin.- 33. Coleopterans: Beetles; Ignacio Ribera and Rolf G. Beutel.- 34. Hymenopterans: Ants, Bees, Wasps, and the Majority of Insect Parasitoids; Jose L. Nieves Aldrey and Mike Sharkey.- 35. Dipterans: Two-winged Flies; David Yeates and Dalton de Souza Amorim.- 36. Lepidopterans: Butterflies and Moths; Roger Vila.- 37. Deuterostomes: The Ancestry of Vertebrates; Jose Castresana.- 38. Echinoderms: Reinventing Radial Symmetry; Samuel Zamora, Patricio Dominguez and Pablo Vargas.- 39. Chordates: The Acquisition of an Axial Backbone; Stephanie Bertrand and Hector Escriva.- 40. Actinopterygians: The Extraordinary Diversity of Ray-Finned Fishes; Ignacio Doadrio and Omar Dominguez-Dominguez.- 41. Sarcopterygians: The Rise of Land Vertebrates; Rafael Zardoya.- 42. Amphibians: Land Conquest by Vertebrates; Diego San Mauro.- 43. Mammals: Prolific Speciation after Dinosaurs' Demise; Pablo Vargas.- 44. Sauropsids: Reptilian Relationships, including Aves; Salvador Carranza.- 45. Aves: Birds, the Living Descendants of Flying Dinosaurs; Per G. P. Ericson.- 46. Speciation; Antonio Fontdevila.- 47. Biogeography; Isabel Sanmartin.- 48. Evolution on Islands; Pablo Vargas.- 49. Evolutionary Ecology; Patrick S. Fitze.- 50. Evolution of Behavior; Patrick S. Fitze.- 51. Phylogenies and the Evolution of Development; Ehab Abouheif.- 52. Symbiosis; Andres Moya and Amparo Latorre.- 53. Phylogenetic Techniques and Markers; Pilar Catalan and Fernando Gonzalez-Candelas.- 54. Reconstruction of Phylogenetic Trees; David Posada.- 55. Analysis of Genetic Variation and Intraspecific Phylogenies; Julio Rozas and Alejandro Sanchez-Gracia.

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  • ISBN13: 9781605352299
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 740
  • ID: 9781605352299
  • ISBN10: 1605352292

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