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De Baets / Huntley

The Evolution and Fossil Record of Parasitism

Identification and Macroevolution of Parasites

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Buch. Hardcover

1st ed. 2021. 2021

xiii, 549 S. 50 s/w-Abbildungen, 88 Farbabbildungen, Bibliographien.

In englischer Sprache

Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-42483-1

Format (B x L): 15,5 x 23,5 cm

Das Werk ist Teil der Reihe: Topics in Geobiology; 49

Produktbeschreibung

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 supplements contributions by parasitologists that mostly focus on extrapolating from current host associations or distributions, to estimate constraints on the timing of the origin and evolution of various parasite groups. This approach allows a 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, protista and plants as parasites. Particular attention is given to metazoans such as molluscs, cnidarians, crustaceans and insects as parasites. Researchers, specifically parasitologists, interested in the evolutionary history of parasite-host interactions, as well as students studying parasitism will find this book appealing.

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