Evolutionary Patterns Growth, Form, and Tempo in the Fossil Record in Honor of Alan Cheetham
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 08/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780226389318
- ISBN10: 0226389316
Evolutionary Patterns demonstrates the rich variety of clues to evolution that can be gleaned from the fossil record. Chief among these are the major trends and anomalies in species development revealed only by "deep time", such as periodic mass extinctions and species that remain unchanged in form for millions of years. Contributors explore modes of development, the tempo of speciation and extinction, and macro-evolutionary patterns and trends. The result is an important contribution to paleobiology and evolutionary biology, and a spirited defense of the fossil record as a crucial tool for understanding evolution and development.