Original German edition published by Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart, 1999
2000, XXIV, 396 p.
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The system of multicellular animals presented here is an alternative to the traditional classification which still operates with the categories of Carl v. Linné, including typological divisions in artificial species groups. In a new approach to the phylogenetic order in nature this book strives for an objective systematization of the Metazoa. It seeks a new path in the field of academic research and teaching based on the theory and methodology of phylogenetic systematics. This volume covers the Metazoa from the Mollusca up to the Arthropoda; the last volume III will treat the Nemathelminthes and the Deuterostomia.