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    DescriptionThe Cambrian Period records one of the most extraordinary transitions in the history of life. Beginning as simple sponges more than 635 million years ago, the earliest animals evolved into a diverse marine fauna over the course of 100 million years. In The Cambrian Explosion and the Construction of Animal Biodiversity, Erwin and Valentine synthesize research from many fields to explain why there was such remarkable novelty of animal forms. This is an integrative work of the highest quality, covering one of the most fascinating and transformative periods in life’s history.

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    The Cambrian Explosion
    The Construction of Animal Biodiversity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglas H. Erwin, By (author) James W. Valentine
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 183 mm
    Height: 262 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 1,293 g
    ISBN 13: 9781936221035
    ISBN 10: 1936221039

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PSAJ
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC22: 576.8
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SCI054000, SCI027000
    BIC subject category V2: RNCB
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 560/.1723, 560.1723
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 560.1723
    LC classification: QE721.2.E85 D68 2013
    Thema V1.0: PSAJ, RNCB
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    Roberts & Company Publishers
    Imprint name
    Roberts & Company Publishers
    Publication date
    28 February 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Greenwood Village
    Author Information
    Douglas Erwin is a paleobiologist with interests in evolutionary innovations and the end-Permian mass extinction and subsequent biotic recovery, among other areas. Recent field projects have taken him to China, South Africa, and Canada. He is Senior Scientist and Curator in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History and a professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is the author of six books, including most recently Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago (Princeton University Press, 2005). Jim Valentine has spent the last 50 years trying to understand the paleoecological and macroevolutionary principles that have shaped the fossil record of the marine biosphere. He has found the earliest animal records to be a particular challenge to such interpretation and a delight to investigate. He is active Professor Emeritus of Integrative Biology at the University of California, and the author of many books, including most recently On the Origin of Phyla (University of Chicago Press, 2004).