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Palaeogeography and Palaeobiogeography: Biodiversity in Space and Time

Palaeogeography and Palaeobiogeography: Biodiversity in Space and Time

Paul Upchurch, Alistair J. McGowan, Claire S.C. Slater
October 12, 2016

Biogeography represents one of the most complex and challenging aspects of macroevolutionary research, requiring input from both the earth and life sciences. Palaeogeographic reconstruction is frequently carried out by researchers with backgrounds in geology and palaeontology, who are less likely...

The New Taxonomy

The New Taxonomy

Quentin D. Wheeler
April 09, 2008

Finalist for 2009 The Council on Botanical & Horticultural Libraries Literature Award! A Fresh Look at Taxonomy The most fundamental of all biological sciences, taxonomy underpins any long term strategies for reconstructing the great tree of life or salvaging as much biodiversity as possible....

Unravelling the algae: the past, present, and future of algal systematics

Unravelling the algae: the past, present, and future of algal systematics

Juliet Brodie, Jane Lewis
November 26, 2007

Acting as titans in global control of the biosphere and colonizing virtually all corners of the earth, algae, extremely diverse and numerous oxygenic, photosynthetic organisms, can be major players in and drivers of environmental change. For hundreds of years, since their evolutionary origins by...

Automated Taxon Identification in Systematics: Theory, Approaches and Applications

Automated Taxon Identification in Systematics: Theory, Approaches and Applications

Norman MacLeod
July 23, 2007

The automated identification of biological objects or groups has been a dream among taxonomists and systematists for centuries. However, progress in designing and implementing practical systems for fully automated taxon identification has been frustratingly slow. Regardless, the dream has never...

Biodiversity Databases: Techniques, Politics, and Applications

Biodiversity Databases: Techniques, Politics, and Applications

Gordon B. Curry, Chris J. Humphries
April 25, 2007

Computing and database management has shifted from cottage industry-style methods — the small independent researcher keeping records for a particular project — to state-of-the-art file storage systems, presentation, and distribution over the Internet. New and emerging techniques for recognition,...

Pleurocarpous Mosses: Systematics and Evolution

Pleurocarpous Mosses: Systematics and Evolution

Angela E. Newton, Raymond S. Tangney
April 13, 2007

The shift from traditional taxonomic methods to data-oriented, analytical cladistic methodologies has led to a better understanding of biological processes and more accurate classifications for a wide range of organisms, including mosses. Pleurocarpous Mosses: Systematics and Evolution explores the...

Reconstructing the Tree of Life: Taxonomy and Systematics of Species Rich Taxa

Reconstructing the Tree of Life: Taxonomy and Systematics of Species Rich Taxa

Trevor R. Hodkinson, John A.N. Parnell
December 26, 2006

To document the world’s diversity of species and reconstruct the tree of life we need to undertake some simple but mountainous tasks. Most importantly, we need to tackle species rich groups. We need to collect, name, and classify them, and then position them on the tree of life. We need to do this...

Biogeography in a Changing World

Biogeography in a Changing World

Malte C. Ebach, Raymond S. Tangney
November 01, 2006

Hampered by a confusing plethora of approaches and methods, biogeography is often treated as an adjunct to other areas of study. The first book to fully define this rapidly emerging subdiscipline, Biogeography in a Changing World elucidates the principles of biogeography and paves the way for its...

Neotropical Savannas and Seasonally Dry Forests: Plant Diversity, Biogeography, and Conservation

Neotropical Savannas and Seasonally Dry Forests: Plant Diversity, Biogeography, and Conservation

R. Toby Pennington, James A. Ratter
May 25, 2006

More often than not, when people think of a neotropical forest, what comes to mind is a rain forest, rather than a dry forest. Just as typically, when they imagine a savanna, they visualize the African plains, rather than those dry woodlands and grasslands found in the Neotropics. These same...

Organelles, Genomes and Eukaryote Phylogeny: An Evolutionary Synthesis in the Age of Genomics

Organelles, Genomes and Eukaryote Phylogeny: An Evolutionary Synthesis in the Age of Genomics

Robert P Hirt, David S. Horner
June 28, 2004

The recent revolution in molecular biology has spread through every field of biology including systematics and evolution. Researchers can now analyze the genomes of different species relatively quickly, and this is generating a great deal of data and theories about relationships between taxa as...

Milestones in Systematics

Milestones in Systematics

David M. Williams, Peter L. Forey
May 12, 2004

Presenting a historical analysis of the evolution of systematics during the last one hundred years, Milestones in Systematics reviews many of the major issues in systematic theory and practice that have driven the working methods of systematics during the 20th century and looks at the issues most...

Telling the Evolutionary Time: Molecular Clocks and the Fossil Record

Telling the Evolutionary Time: Molecular Clocks and the Fossil Record

Philip C J Donoghue, M. Paul Smith
December 16, 2003

Determining the precise timing for the evolutionary origin of groups of organisms has become increasingly important as scientists from diverse disciplines attempt to examine rates of anatomical or molecular evolution and correlate intrinsic biological events to extrinsic environmental events....

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