- Integrates modern systematic methods with studies of functional and physiological processes- Illustrates how studies of paleobiology can be illuminated by studies of neonatology- Provides a thorough and interdisciplinary synthesis of one of the classic transitions of evolutionary history
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Contributors.K.L.M. Martin and S.S. Sumida, An Integrated Approach to the Origin of Amniotes: Completing the Transition to Land.
Phylogenetic Perspective:M. Laurin and R.R. Reisz, A New Perspective in Tetrapod Phylogeny.M.Y.S. Lee and P.S. Spencer, Crown-Clades, Key Characters and Taxonomic Stability: When is an Amniote not an Amniote? Biogeographical Perspective:D.S. Berman, S.S. Sumida, and R.E. Lombard, Biogeography ofPrimitive Terrestrial Amniotes.J.B. Graham, N. Aguilar, R. Dudley, and C. Gans, The Late Paleozoic Atmosphere and the Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology of Tetrapods.
Feeding:G.V. Lauder and G.B. Gillis, Origin of the Amniote Feeding Mechanism: Experimental Analysis of Outgroup Clades.N. Hotton III, E.C. Olson, and R. Beerbower, The Amniote Transition and the Discovery of Herbivory.
The Amniote Egg: M.J. Packard and R.S. Seymour, Evolution of the Amniote Egg.J. Stewart, Morphology and Evolution of the Egg of Oviparous Amniotes.
Morphological Changes:L. Frolich, The Role of the Skin in the Origin of Amniotes: Permeability Barrier, Protective Covering, and Mechanical Support.S.S. Sumida, Locomotor Features of Taxa Spanning the Origin of Amniotes.
Integrative Biology and the Origin of Amniotes:K.L.M. Martin and K.A. Nagy, Water Balance and the Physiology of the Amniote Transition.T. Garland, K.L.M. Martin, and R. Diaz-Uriarte, Reconstructing Ancestral Trait Values Using Squared Change Parsimony: Plasma Osmolarity at the Amniote Transition.