Now published by Academic Press and revised from the author's previous Five Kingdoms 3rd edition, this extraordinary, all inclusive catalogue of the world’s living organisms describes the diversity of the major groups, or phyla, of nature’s most inclusive taxa. Developed after consultation with specialists, this modern classification scheme is consistent both with the fossil record and with recent molecular, morphological and metabolic data. Generously illustrated, now in full color, Kingdoms and Domains is remarkably easy to read. It accesses the full range of life forms that still inhabit our planet and logically and explicitly classifies them according to their evolutionary relationships. Definitive characteristics of each phylum are professionally described in ways that, unlike most scientific literature, profoundly respect the needs of educators, students and nature lovers. This work is meant to be of interest to all evolutionists as well as to conservationists, ecologists, genomicists, geographers, microbiologists, museum curators, oceanographers, paleontologists and especially nature lovers whether artists, gardeners or environmental activists.
Kingdoms and Domains is a unique and indispensable reference for anyone intrigued by a planetary phenomenon: the spectacular diversity of life, both microscopic and macroscopic, as we know it only on Earth today.
Students and professionals in molecular evolutionary science, all biology and geology, biological systematics,taxonomy, historical geology, paleontology, sedimentary geology, organismal genetics, organismal biology
Introduction;Field Trips Through Time; Virtual Field Trips; Virtual Biodiversity, Websites; Superkingdom Prokarya; Kingdom Bacteria; Superkingdom Eukarya; Kingdom Protoctista; Kingdom Animalia; Kingdom Fungi; Kingdom Plantae; Epilogue: Common Ancestry and Biodiversity
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- 20th March 2009
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University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA
Bay Paul Center for Molecular Evolution, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA