Fossils, Ontogeny, and Phylogeny

Marcelo Sánchez

in Embryos in Deep Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780520271937
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520952300 | DOI:
Fossils, Ontogeny, and Phylogeny

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This chapter discusses the following topics: the extinction of most life on earth; the fossil record and what it tells us about evolution; the relation between paleontology and the biological disciplines of development; parallels between paleontological and developmental transformations; that ontogeny does not simply recapitulate phylogeny; evolution of ontogenies; ontogeny and the conditions of existence; the relation between ontogeny and phylogeny; and ontogeny and the reconstruction of the tree of life.

Keywords: extinction; evolution; fossil record; paleontology; existence; tree of life

Chapter.  7637 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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