Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth

Five Kingdoms An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth An all inclusive catalogue of the world s living diversity Five Kingdoms defines and describes the major divisions of nature s five great kingdoms bacteria protoctists animals fungi and plants us

  • Title: Five Kingdoms: An Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth
  • Author: Lynn Margulis Karlene V. Schwartz
  • ISBN: 9780716719120
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • An all inclusive catalogue of the world s living diversity, Five Kingdoms defines and describes the major divisions of nature s five great kingdoms bacteria, protoctists, animals, fungi, and plants using a modern classification scheme that is consistent with both the fossil record and molecular data Generously illustrated and easy to follow, it not only allows students toAn all inclusive catalogue of the world s living diversity, Five Kingdoms defines and describes the major divisions of nature s five great kingdoms bacteria, protoctists, animals, fungi, and plants using a modern classification scheme that is consistent with both the fossil record and molecular data Generously illustrated and easy to follow, it not only allows students to sample the full range of life forms inhabiting our planet but to familiarize themselves with the taxonomic theories by which all organisms origins and distinctive characteristics are traced and classified.This completely revised and updated third edition includes an introduction by Stephen Jay Gould New ideas on molecular systematics, symbiogenisis, and the place of microbes in the evolution of life Newly expanded chapter openings that define each kingdom and place its members in context in time and space Definitions of terms in the glossary and, now, also appropriately placed throughout the book A new table comparing the main features of each kingdom, showing the logic of the overall classification scheme A list of prehistoric dioramas in science museums and in U.S national parks and monuments guiding readers to trips to the past A list of websites directing students to additional information

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    1. This book is an illustrated taxonomy of life on the planet and, as such, well produced and illustrated.Taxonomy is always developing as new discoveries come to light - new fossils, new DNA analyses - so some might argue for six kingdoms while others might have niggles with specific classifications. The five kingdoms recognised by the authors are animals, plants, bacteria, fungi, and protoctists.(The illustrations are good but entirely monochrome, so if it's colour you want you'll have to look el [...]

    2. "We wrote it for science students, their teachers, and anyone who is curious about the extraordinary variety of living things that inhabit this planet." Well, not very satisfactory for the last group of readers. The entire book is black and white, except for the cover, which is almost so; the text is a mechanical catalogue of all 92 phyla, each in about 2 pages, in technical jargons, of which many are not explained or found in the glossary. With a few exceptions, each phylum has only one species [...]

    3. Most of the book consist of encyclopedia entries of sub phylas. The book makes for dense readings and I ended up skipping most of them, but the lengthy introduction and detailed descriptions of each kingdom made for interesting reading. I wanted to understand the taxonomy for all life and the difference between archaea and bacteria, and the book did that for me (I didn't realize it was due the differences in the 15s rRNA, I didn't even know there was such a thing until I read this book).

    4. A good reference but like all books using a classification system there is disagreement with other authors. Great description of each group though.

    5. this book was really easy to read and understand which I really liked. and it was cool reading how they viewed the kinds then compared to now since instead of five there are seven now

    6. An amazing book - a guide, as at 1982, of all the phyla. Us chordates are only one of nearly 100 - a humbling statistic. We're far outweighed by the others.

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