Evolution of the Vertebrates
, subtitled "A History of the Backboned Animals Through Time" is a basic paleontology textbook
by Edwin H. Colbert
, published by John Wiley & Sons
The first and second editions (1955
) provide an overview of the entire range of vertebrate evolution, and are illustrated by the distinctive drawings of Lois Darling
. The style of writing is very light and readable, and technical concepts kept to a minimum. In the book vertebrate evolution is studied utilizing comparative anatomy & functional morphology of existing vertebrates, and fossil records. The book is "considered a classic" (New York Times, 25 November 2001) and was used very frequently as a college-level text on the subjects of basic paleontology
and vertebrate evolution
These editions predate the cladistic revolution
and so contain a number of chapters and sections dedicated to paraphyletic
, etc.) which nevertheless constituted an important part of the understanding of the time.
The latest edition, the fifth
edition, was cowritten with Michael Morales
and Eli C. Minkoff
, and has been revised to incorporate recent discoveries and current developments in the field of vertebrate evolution. This new addition includes entirely new sections. Some examples of these are conodonts, primates, and dinosaurs. Some new topics that the fifth edition discuss are:
- Analysis of morphological......