Reassembling animal evolution: a four-dimensional puzzle

Maximilian J. Telford, D. Timothy and J. Littlewood

in Animal Evolution

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780199549429
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721601 | DOI:
 Reassembling animal evolution: a four-dimensional puzzle

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Drawing from the recent literature and the contributions in this volume this chapter considers some of the recent progress made in the study of animal evolution and the hurdles that remain. Modern approaches to the study of animal evolution integrate palaeontology, evo-devo, phylogenetics, and data from genomes each in the pursuit of a greater understanding of homology as a means of revealing patterns and processes through time and across multiple levels of biological organization. Gaps in our knowledge are inevitable, but with caution, careful sampling and keeping an eye towards new technologies and opportunities, we should not be deterred from inferring the patterns and processes we wish to untangle.

Keywords: summary; perspective; future prospects; new technologies

Chapter.  3449 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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