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Animal Evolution: Interrelationships of the Living Phyla Hardcover – 30 Apr 1995

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"Nielsen (zoology, U. of Copenhagen) examines the unity of the animal kingdom by tracing the evolution of all the 31 living phyla from their unicellar [sic] ancestor. The second edition incorporates new morphological data and new topic areas from the past decade, including histological/ultrastructural and embryological data, numerical cladistic analyses, DNA sequencing and developmental biology. The book is intended as a supplement to recent textbooks on systematic zoology, for undergraduate and graduate students, and as a reference for professionals in the field."--SciTech Book News"This book is a complete analysis of the evolutionary interrelationships and myriad diversity of the animal kingdom. Using modern phylogenetic reasoning based on characters from an extensive review of morphology, including ultrastructure, and embryology, each phylum is analysed to ascertain its monophyly and hence its ancestral characters. These characters are then used to construct a complete phylogenetic tree of the extant animal phyla. This new edition of Animal Evoluation brings the subject fully up to date with new ideas and emphases, as well as new bibliographic data. It includes new chapters on the use of computer programmes and molecular techniques to create phylogenies and is illustrated throughout with finely detailed line drawings and clear diagrams."--Ethology, Ecology, Evolution --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Clear, well done presentation of the latest information. 5 Aug. 1996
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent presentation of one expert's
interpretation of the current known facts of morphologic
animal cladistics. He has studied the subject of the
relationships of the animal phyla and synthesized his
understanding into an interesting and well written book.
He presents some knew and potentially controversial
branchings of the evolutionary tree of the animals.
The only negative is that the book can be technical and
dense with facts at times. This should not inhibit the
interested reader from buying this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
More Taxonomy Than Evolution 12 Jun. 2006
By Peter M. Ravdin - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was a brilliant exposition about the taxonomy of the phyla but it gave one little feel for the evolutionary history of animals. By cutting much of the discussion at the level of the phyla, a lot that I was hoping to learn something about was completely missing. In addition I thought it odd that tardigrades and even more obscure phyla had as much discussion as vertebrates. The chapter on nucleic acid sequencing seemed disorganized with it difficult to follow why some trees were more relevant than others. The time lines of the processes were hardly mentioned.

Overall I thought it read like a taxonomy lecturer's notes. I suppose these are hard words for what is so obviously expert's comprehesive work. However popular synthesizers like Sagan or Gould never wrote a book like this. So it would seem if you what to know structural details, taxonomy, embryology, this is the great book, but I wanted the big picture with organizing themes, and came away a bit disappointed.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A little outdated 4 Sept. 2006
By D. Stadtlander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when it first came out and quite enjoyed it. However Dr. Nielsen is not in the mainstream- he tends to reject most molecular data and bases his analysis on more traditional morphologic analysis, much of which is no longer accepted as being correct. I do not know his 2006 opinions, but as late as 2003 i think he was still arguing against the movement to ecdysozoa and lophotrochozoa. So if you want to know what the majority of biologists think- i would suggest james valentines book (on the origin of phyla) which is fairly close to the modern thoughts and i think easier reading with very good background info- or for a shorter version- just search the web for Halanych "the new view of animal phylogeny"- that article can be found in its entirety in pdf- but is not a book that gives background info- you have to have basic phyletic knowledge to understand it. Also keep in mind that whatever you read will be a bit out of date- 2006 data that seems to be fairly well accepted puts the urochordates closer to craniata(vertebrata) than cephalochordates and is not in any summary that i can find (not even wikipedia) and there is compelling evidence from mitochondrial DNA that argues that placazoa is basal to porifera.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant 31 Aug. 2001
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I really enjoyed reading this book because it is detailed and up to date.
1 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Not based on fact though 24 May 2004
By Patrick Gaudin - Published on Amazon.com
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It's interesting how the imagination of this author of all the branchings of the animal kingdom can be taken seriously. Where's the beef though as far as physical proof? It's all based upon his imagination of what MAY be. Just because big words are used doesn't make it so. The evolutionists STILL have no physical proof of how a whale used to be cow used to be a whale, or whatever their ridiculous theory is to explain away one of God's beautiful sea mammals.
Also, if the earth was as old as the evolutionists say it is, the sun would have engulfed the earth due to the size the sun would have been that many billions of years ago. Also, the moon would have practically been scraping the earth. Our DNA is millions of times more complicated than the code contained in Windows software. Does anyone really believe mathematically it's possible for our DNA, much less ALL DNA, to have evolved over the supposed billions of years they claim the earth has been around? Time doesn't equal order. All of the different species of living things are much much too beautiful and complicated to have just luckily evolved. It's absurd. It's complete junk science.
I'm sorry evolutionists. Even me being a lay person can easily explain away your lies and deceit. There are hundreds and hundreds more examples I could give to destroy your myth which entire purpose is to try to explain that a God doesn't exist. I pray that God has mercy on your souls for perpetuating this horribly destuctive myth that a 5 year old can see through. It's so hilarious because the only physical proof the evolutionists can provide is some artists' rendition of how things MAY have evolved. Anyone can go down to their local museum of natural history and ask the curator to show some physical proof of ANY plant or animal evloving from one state to another. They'll have nothing to show you. All they can show is the micro-evolution that is programmed into our genes that allows for adaption in a minimal way, ie, breeding of dogs, etc etc. But they can't show any linkage from pond scum to human, pond scum to lion, pond scum to flower, etc.
If anyone wants the real truth about this subject, I suggest reading a book by James Perloff entitled "Tornado In A Junkyard".
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