Cladistics: A Guide to Biological Classification


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Cladistics: A Guide to Biological Classification Authors: , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press Pages: 452 Illustrations and other contents: Worked examples or Exercises; 83 Halftones, black and white Language: English ISBN: 9781107008106 Categories: , , , , ,

This new edition of a foundational text presents a contemporary review of cladistics, as applied to biological classification. It provides a comprehensive account of the past fifty years of discussion on the relationship between classification, phylogeny and evolution. It covers cladistics in the era of molecular data, detailing new advances and ideas that have emerged over the last twenty-five years. Written in an accessible style by internationally renowned authors in the field, readers are straightforwardly guided through fundamental principles and terminology. Simple worked examples and easy-to-understand diagrams also help readers navigate complex problems that have perplexed scientists for centuries. This practical guide is an essential addition for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in taxonomy, systematics, comparative biology, evolutionary biology and molecular biology.

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'The authors ... are well situated to consider and elaborate on cladistic philosophy and applications in biological and evolutionary studies. This volume ... will provide a solid background in the general study of classification, the major considerations for determining taxon relationships, a bit of history, and solid discussion on the use and theory of cladistics with various examples and citations for reference.' S. T. Meiers, Choice

Author Biography

David M. Williams is a researcher at the Natural History Museum, London, specializing in diatom (Bacillariophyta) taxonomy and biogeography. He is the current president of the Systematics Association, London. He has written over 240 scientific papers and ten books. Malte C. Ebach is Senior Lecturer in Biogeography at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He has published extensively on the history, theory and methodology of biological systematics, taxonomy and biogeography. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Biogeography, Australian Systematic Botany and Editor of the CRC Biogeography Book Series.