Evolution of the Ammonoids

 
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ISBN13:9781032264363
ISBN10:1032264365
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:304 pages
Size:254x178 mm
Language:English
Illustrations: 84 Illustrations, black & white; 172 Illustrations, color; 46 Halftones, black & white; 159 Halftones, color; 38 Line drawings, black & white; 13 Line drawings, color
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Short description:

Ammonites are an extinct and charismatic lineage that persisted for over 300 million years. They were used, with other fossils, to corroborate the principle of faunal succession and launch the field of biostratigraphy.

Long description:

Ammonites are an extinct and charismatic lineage that persisted for over 300 million years. They were used, with other fossils, to corroborate the principle of faunal succession and launch the field of biostratigraphy. Despite intense research, many important questions remain unanswered. Furthermore, outdated hypotheses persist. Many new findings include a better understanding of their appearance in life, their locomotion, and their role in long gone ecosystems. And, of course, there are still controversies; e.g. why did shell complexity increase during evolutionary history. This richly illustrated book describes the full range of ammonoids and their fascinating evolutionary history.



Key Features




  • Documents the early history of paleontology and the role played by ammonoids



  • Describes the basic anatomy of a diverse and long persisting lineage



  • Summarizes the classification and diversity of ammonoids



  • Lavishly illustrated with beautiful reconstructions



  • Highlights recent findings and outstanding controversies



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Mente, E., eds. Reproductive Biology of Crustaceans: Case Studies of Decapod Crustaceans (ISBN 978-0-3674-5277-3)


Koenemann, S. & R. Jenner, eds. Crustacea and Arthropod Relationships (ISBN 978-0-3673-9294-9)


Schierwater, B. & R. DeSalle, eds. Invertebrate Zoology: A Tree of Life Approach (ISBN 978-0-3676-8567-6)

Table of Contents:



  1. Ammon?s Horns and Serpent Stones

  2. Anatomy, Growth, and Geometry

  3. Spirals and Squiggles: The Math of Ammonites

  4. The First Cephalopod: A Snail Who Dared to Fly

  5. Colonizing The Wild Blue Beyond: The First Ammonoids in the Age of Fish

  6. Survivors: Prolecanitids, Ceratitids, and the Origin of Ammonites

  7. Jurassic Seapark

  8. The Cretaceous Period: The Golden Autumn of Ammonites

  9. Suborder Ancyloceratina: The Heteromorphs

  10. Extinction of the Ammonoids: What Humans Can Learn

  11. Glossary