Darwin's Inextricable Web
In 1859 Charles Darwin published his 'Origin of Species' and in doing so changed the way the natural world was viewed. Exactly 150 years ago he explained how species evolve and share a common descent, but noted that the pattern of relationships between organisms was an 'inextricable web' which was too difficult to disentangle. The development of new techniques, especially in genetics, now enable us to start to tease apart that web. 'Darwin's Inextricable Web'; presents the latest research, theory and speculation on the relationships of micro-organisms, fungi, plants and animals.
This book reviews the latest information on the relationships between groups of living organisms. Some of the results of studies published in the last two decades support long-established ideas but others offer radically new interpretations. Our interpretations of the relationships between animal phyla in particular have had to be completely revised, a process which is still ongoing.
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