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Before the Backbone

Views on the origin of the vertebrates

Authors: Gee, H.

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We cannot catechise our stony ichthyolites, as did the necromantic lady of the Arabian Nights did the coloured fishes of the lake which had once been a city, when she touched their dead bodies with her wand, and they straightaway raised their heads and rephed to her queries. We would have many a question to ask them if we could - questions never to be solved. Hugh Miller, The Old Red Sandstone When I started this book in 1991, the subject of vertebrate origins was fusty and unfashionable. Early drafts for this preface read like an extend­ ed complaint at the lot of traditional morphologists, cast aside by the march of modern molecular biology. But no longer - this book should reach you at a time of renewed inter­ est in the origin of the vertebrates, our own particular corner of creation. For although the topic has excited interest for well over a century, molec­ ular biology has only lately achieved the maturity necessary to test its predictions. As a legitimate field of study, it is fashionable again.

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Henry Gee has admirably mastered a formidable library of scattered reference to bring this timely book together...Palaeontologists, zoologists and geneticists should read this book and learn from it. - Endeavour
The book is a true mine of information. - Ethology Ecology & Evolution
Before the Backbone is certainly a valuable addition to my bookshelf, and I commend it to all of those interested in vertebrates in particular or in metazoan phylogeny as a whole. - Geological Magazine

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Before the Backbone
Book Subtitle
Views on the origin of the vertebrates
Authors
Copyright
1996
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Henry Gee
eBook ISBN
978-0-585-25272-8
DOI
10.1007/978-0-585-25272-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-412-48300-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-3778-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 346
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