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Basic Questions in Paleontology Geologic Time, Organic Evolution, and Biological Systematics cover
  • ISBN: 9780226738352
  • ISBN10: 0226738353

Basic Questions in Paleontology Geologic Time, Organic Evolution, and Biological Systematics

by Judith Schaefer

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 12/01/1993
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I. The Nature, Task, and Place of Paleontology A. Definition of Terms, Goals, and Methods B. Relationship to Biology, Implications for Phylogeny C. Relationship to Geology and the Humanities II. Basic Problems of Geologic Time A. The Basis for Measuring Time and Determining Age B. A Survey of the Temporal Distribution of Plant and Animal Phyla C. Some Individual Problems Concerning the Paleontological Classification of Time 1. The Concept of Zones 2. The Same or Merely Equal? 3. Micropaleontology--Its Place and Importance in Stratigraphy 4. Delimiting the Larger Units of Time III. Basic Problems of Organic Phylogeny A. The Authority of Fossil Evidence 1. The Preservational State of Fossils 2. Gaps in the Fossil Record B. Patterns in Phylogeny 1. Two Introductory Examples a) The Unfolding of the Cephalopods 1) Nautiloids 2) Ammonoids b) The Unfolding of the Stony Corals 1) Pterocorals--Cyclocorals 2) Pterocorals--Heterocorals 2. General Results a) Evolution or Creation? b) The Irreversibility of Evolution c) The Periodicity of Evolution d) The Origin of the Types e) Proterogenetic Evolution f) The Pros and Cons of Typostrophism g) Other Principles of Evolution h) Orthogenesis i) Factors in Evolution IV. Basic Problems of Biological Systematics A. The Nature and Task of Systematics B. The Nature of Taxonomic Categories C. Natural and Artificial Systematics D. Morphological and Phylogenetic Systematics E. Idealistic Morphology F. The Systematics of Parallel Evolutionary Lineages
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