The Tree of Life

ISBN : 9781605352299

Pablo Vargas; Rafael Zardoya
740 ページ
216 x 279 mm

The Tree of Life presents the ultimate phylogenetic tree; featuring 44 chapters each authored by experts in their field, it provides for the first time a comprehensive overview of evolutionary relationships for the main groups of living organism.


1. Systematics: Charting the Tree of Life
2. Great Domains: Archaea, Bacteria, and Eucarya
3. Archaea and Bacteria: The Prokaryotic Cell Organization
4. The Domain Eucarya: The Rise of Organisms with Nucleated Cells
5. The Former Protists: Amoebozoa, Rhizaria, Excavata, Haptophyta, Cryptophyta, Heterokonta, and Alveolata
6. Plants: Origin of Glaucophytes and Rhodophytes before Land Plant Diversification
7. Chlorobionts: The Origin and Diversification of Green Plants
8. Embryophytes: Early Land Plants
9. Tracheophytes: Land Conquest by Vascular Plants
10. Ferns: Vascular Plants That Reproduce by Spores
11. Conifers: The Most Diverse Group of Naked Seed Plants
12. Angiosperms: Plants with Flowers That Produce Fruits
13. Monocotelydons: Great Diversity of an Ancient Angiosperm Lineage
14. Eudicotyledons: The Greatest Flower Diversity in Angiosperms
15. Fungi: Hyperdiversity Closer to Animals Than to Plants
16. Metazoans: The Rise of Early Animals
17. Eumetazoans: The Emergence of Tissue and Guts
18. Bilaterians: The Evolutionary Advantage of Being Two-Sided
19. Protostomes: The Greatest Animal Diversity
20. Spiralians: Animals with Spiral Cleavage and Their Relatives
21. Molluscs: Diversity of Shells and Soft Bodies
22. Annelids: Segmented Worms
23. Platyhelminthes: Are Flatworms Simple or Simply Simplified?
24. Ecdysozoans: The Molting Animals
25. Nematodes: The Ubiquitous Roundworms
26. Panarthropods: Arthropods and Their Closest Relatives
27. Chelicerates: The Eight-Legged Colonization of Land
28. Mandibulates: Arthropods with Mandibles
29. Hexapods: Insects and Their Closely Related Groups
30. Odonates: Dragonflies and Damselflies
31. Orthopterans: Grasshoppers and Katydids, the First Singers on Earth
32. Hemipterans: The Largest Hemimetabolous Insect Order
33. Hymenopterans: Ants, Bees, Wasps, and the Majority of Insect Parasitoids
34. Coleopterans: Beetles
35. Dipterans: Two-Winged Flies
36. Lepidopterans: Butterflies and Moths
37. Deuterostomes: The Ancestry of Vertebrates
38. Echinoderms: Reinventing Radial Symmetry
39. Chordates: The Acquisition of an Axial Backbone
40. Actinopterygians: The Extraordinary Diversity of Ray-Finned Fishes
41. Sarcopterygians: The Rise of Land Vertebrates
42. Amphibians: Land Conquest by Vertebrates
43. Mammals: Proliferation of Species after Dinosaurs' Demise
44. Sauropsids: Reptilian Relationships, including Aves
45. Aves: Birds, the Living Descendants of Flying Dinosaurs
46. Speciation
47. Biogeography
48. Evolution on Islands
49. Evolutionary Ecology
50. Evolution of Behavior
51. Phylogenies and the Evolution of Development
52. Symbiosis
53. Phylogenetic Techniques and Markers
54. Reconstruction of Phylogenetic Trees
55. Analysis of Genetic Variation and Intraspecific Phylogenies


Pablo Vargas is Senior Scientist of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid. His educational background includes a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Botany at the Complutense University (Madrid). He also earned his Ph.D. at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid and completed a four-year postdoctoral period in California (UC Berkeley), England (University of Reading), and Germany (University of Mainz). The postdoctoral period and current researcher position allowed specialization in plant phylogenetics. As a result, he has published over 200 scientific papers, including tree reconstructions of more than 20 angiosperm families in the last 15 years. In addition, four more books on public dissemination of plant sciences were also published in this period.; Rafael Zardoya is Research Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid. His educational background includes a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Biotechnology from the University Autonoma of Madrid. He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University Complutense of Madrid and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His current research interests include: the study of higher phylogenetic relationships of several metazoan phyla, with particular emphasis on molluscs and vertebrates; the genetic basis of speciation in marine snails and their phylogeography; the molecular evolution of complete animal mitochondrial genomes and nuclear gene families; and the performance and limitations of phylogenetic methods in a genomic context.