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The Evolution and Fossil Record of Parasitism

Identification and Macroevolution of Parasites

Editors: De Baets, Kenneth, Huntley, John (Eds.)

  • Reviews the fossil record to calibrate the origin and evolution of parasitism
  • Highlights the ecological importance of parasites 
  • Highlights the ancient history and deep geological record of a variety of pathogens ranging from viruses, bacteria, protists and plants to a variety of parasitic metazoans
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About this book

This two-volume edited book highlights and reviews the potential of the fossil record to calibrate the origin and evolution of parasitism, and the techniques to understand the development of parasite-host associations and their relationships with environmental and ecological changes. The book deploys a broad and comprehensive approach, aimed at understanding the origins and developments of various parasite groups, in order to provide a wider evolutionary picture of parasitism as part of biodiversity. This is in contrast to most contributions by parasitologists in the literature that focus on circular lines of evidence, such as extrapolating from current host associations or distributions, to estimate constraints on the timing of the origin and evolution of various parasite groups. This approach is narrow and fails to provide the wider evolutionary picture of parasitism on, and as part of, biodiversity.

Volume one focuses on identifying parasitism in the fossil record, and sheds light on the distribution and ecological importance of parasite-host interactions over time. In order to better understand the evolutionary history of parasites and their relationship with changes in the environment, emphasis is given to viruses, bacteria, protists and multicellular eukaryotes as parasites. Particular attention is given to fungi and metazoans such as bivalves, cnidarians, crustaceans, gastropods, helminths, insects, mites and ticks as parasites. Researchers, specifically evolutionary (paleo)biologists and parasitologists, interested in the evolutionary history of parasite-host interactions as well as students studying parasitism will find this book appealing.

About the authors

Dr. Kenneth De Baets is a paleobiologist in the faculty of Natural Sciences at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg. He graduated from Ghent University with a Masters in Geology and earned his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Zürich.  His main research focuses on documenting and interpreting the relative contributions of abiotic (e.g., climate) and biotic factors (e.g., parasitism) in driving large-scale patterns in the evolution of life and biomineralization.

Dr. John Huntley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in 2000, then earned his Masters in Geology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003, and his PhD in Geosciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2007. His main research interests include the fossil record of biotic interactions, stratigraphic and conservation paleobiology, and the evolution of morphological disparity.

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eBook 99,99 €
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  • Due: May 4, 2021
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Hardcover 124,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Evolution and Fossil Record of Parasitism
Book Subtitle
Identification and Macroevolution of Parasites
Editors
  • Kenneth De Baets
  • John Huntley
Series Title
Topics in Geobiology
Series Volume
49
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42484-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42484-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42483-1
Series ISSN
0275-0120
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 549
Number of Illustrations
50 b/w illustrations, 88 illustrations in colour
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