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Phylogeny and Evolution of Bacteria and Mitochondria

1st Edition

Mauro Degli Esposti
October 30, 2018

Life on earth began with bacteria, which now colonize every corner of the planet. As the ancestors of mitochondria, bacteria are also fundamental for our cells. Most bacteria look alike, but have very different functions. Therefore, knowing the functional profile of bacteria helps understand their...

Neotropical Birds

1st Edition

Jeffrey A. Stratford
October 26, 2018

The growth of studies from the Neotropics stands in stark contrast with the threats facing neotropical birds. Forest fragmentation, and destructive projects, such as dams, will obliterate large tracts of tropical habitat. New threats to birds includes rapidly expanding palm oil plantations,...

What Species Mean: A User's Guide to the Units of Biodiversity

1st Edition

Julia D. Sigwart
October 17, 2018

Everyone uses species. All human cultures, whether using science or not, name species. Species are the basic units for science, from ecosystems to model organisms. Yet, there are communication gaps between the scientists who name species, called taxonomists or systematists, and those who use...

Atlas of Comparative Morphology of the Vertebrate Skull

1st Edition

Christopher J. Bell, Matthew Colbert
October 15, 2018

This book is intended to be a pictorial atlas of the morphology of the vertebrate skull. The volume will include high-quality images of skulls from all the major groups of vertebrates (elasmobranchs, actinoptrygian fishes, lungfish, anurans, caudatans, gymnophionans, lizards, snakes, amphisbaenians...

Plant Molecular Systematics

1st Edition

Arun Kumar Pandey
October 15, 2018

This book highlights the efficacy of molecular data in inferring phylogeny. References throughout the book illuminate the taxonomic terminology and literature. The book includes a range of topics beginning from gene to phylogenomics and provides an up-to-date information about plant molecular...

The Modulation of DNA Content: Endopolyploidy, Polyteny, Aneuploidy and Chromatin Diminution

1st Edition

T. Ryan Gregory, Jillian D. Bainard
September 26, 2018

This book reviews various ways DNA content is modulated in the cells of multicellular organisms. Although the processes of endopolyploidy, polyteny, aneuploidy, and chromatin diminution have been observed for well over a century, their biological significance has not been appreciated due to the...

Targeted Gene Capture for Phylogenetic Systematics and Population Genetics

1st Edition

Chenhong Li, Gavin J. P. Naylor
September 26, 2018

The authors propose a book that reviews Next Generation Sequencing procedures, especially software protocols they created devoted to capturing targeted gene sequences. Such sequences are used by phylogenetists and population geneticists. The book will provide background and recommendations that...

Cretaceous Fossils of South-Central Africa: An Illustrated Guide

1st Edition

Michael Robert Cooper
September 25, 2018

This book serves as an introduction to the Cretaceous geology and palaeontology of south-central Africa, covering the whole of Southern and Eastern Africa and Angola. Fifty two plates illustrate almost 1000 species and provide a field guide to the macrofossils of the subcontinent. The book will be...

Essential Experimental Evolution

1st Edition

Frank Rosenzweig, Gavin Sherlock
September 15, 2018

Experiments using microbes are the best way to make sense of evolution in real time. This edited book highlights the experimental approach, using Viruses, Bacteria, “lower” Eukaryotes and digital organisms. The contributors illustrate the ways this approach is revolutionizing our understanding of...

South Asian Mammals: An updated Checklist and Their Scientific Names

1st Edition

Chelmala Srinivasulu
September 08, 2018

This book is an up-to-date comprehensive resource on the names (scientific, English and vernacular) of the mammals of South Asia. This work is first of its kind that deals with explanation of names of mammals at the species and subspecies level....

Evolutionary Biogeography of the Andean Region

1st Edition

Juan J. Morrone
August 01, 2018

This book presents a regionalization of the Andean region, based on an evolutionary biogeographic approach. Aimed at anyone wishing to understand biogeographic patterns of distribution of Andean plants and animals, the book provides a comprehensive treatment of three subregions, one transition zone...

A Probabilistic Model of the Genotype/Phenotype Relationship: Does Life Play the Dice?

1st Edition

Jean-Pierre Hugot
July 24, 2018

A Probabilistic Model of the Genotype/Phenotype Relationship provides a new hypothesis on the relationship between genotype and phenotype. The main idea of the book is that this relationship is probabilistic, in other words, the genotype does not fully explain the phenotype. This idea is developed...

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