Arthropod Relationships

  • R. A. Fortey
  • R. H. Thomas

Part of the The Systematics Association Special Volume Series book series (SASS, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. J. W. Valentine, H. Hamilton
    Pages 1-9
  3. G. Fryer
    Pages 23-33
  4. M. A. Wills, D. E. G. Briggs, R. A. Fortey
    Pages 57-65
  5. R. A. Dewel, W. C. Dewel
    Pages 109-123
  6. T. Spears, L. G. Abele
    Pages 169-187
  7. J. A. Dunlop, P. A. Selden
    Pages 221-235
  8. R. Willmann
    Pages 269-279
  9. D.-E. Nilsson, D. Osorio
    Pages 333-347
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 369-383

About this book


The arthropods contain more species than any other animal group, but the evolutionary pathways which led to their current diversity are still an issue of controversy. Arthropod Relationships provides an overview of our current understanding, responding to the new data arising from sequencing DNA, the discovery of new Cambrian fossils as direct evidence of early arthropod history, and developmental genetics. These new areas of research have stimulated a reconsideration of classical morphology and embryology. Arthropod Relationships is the first synthesis of the current debate to emerge: not since the volume edited by Gupta was published in 1979 has the arthropod phylogeny debate been, considered in this depth and breadth.
Leaders in the various branches of arthropod biology have contributed to this volume. Chapters focus progressively from the general issues to the specific problems involving particular groups, and thence to a consideration of embryology and genetics. This wide range of disciplines is drawn on to approach an understanding of arthropod relationships, and to provide the most timely account of arthropod phylogeny.
This book should be read by evolutionary biologists, palaeontologists, developmental geneticists and invertebrate zoologists. It will have a special interest for post-graduate students working in these fields.


Crustacea Euarthropoda Evolution Fauna Myriapoda development embryology genes morphology phylogeny

Editors and affiliations

  • R. A. Fortey
    • 1
  • R. H. Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PalaeontologyThe Natural History MuseumLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyThe Natural History MuseumLondonUK

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