The book begins with an overview of the processes of evolutionary fitness, the epicenter of the principles of evolutionary biology. Whether through natural or experimental occurrence, evolutionary fitness has been found to be the cardinal instance of evolutionary links in an organism between its ancestral and contemporary states. The book then goes on to detail evolutionary trails and lineages of groups of organisms including mammalians, reptilians, and various fish. The final section of the book provides a look back at the evolutionary journey of "nonliving" or extinct organisms, versus the modern-day transition to "living" or extant organisms.
The Evolutionary Biology of Extinct and Extant Organisms is the ideal resource for any researcher or advanced student in evolutionary studies, ranging from evolutionary biology to general life sciences.
- Provides an updated compendium of evolution research history- Details the evolution trails of organisms, including mammals, reptiles, arthropods, annelids, mollusks, protozoa, and more- Offers an accessible and easy-to-read presentation of complex, in-depth evolutionary biology facts and theories
1. Introduction: Missing Link: When an "outmoded term", holds "in-between features" between the ancestors and its descendants 2. If and When Evolution is the Ultimate Essence of Life: What is the Evolutionary Identity of the Missing Link (resembling Archaeopteryx) 3. Walking with Cynodont to Explore the Uncharted Evolutionary Trail of Mammalian lineage diverged out of Reptilian 4. One Small Step for Amphibious Fish, One Evolutionary Leap for Moving Tetrapods on Earth 5. Evolutionary Origin of Amniotic Egg: The Transitional Form between Amphibians and Reptiles in the Doubt Clear Session 6. When Contemporary Discoveries Pushes the Bony-fish to Ancestral or Evolutionary Back-seat and discreetly Pushes Cartilaginous-fish in the Advanced or Front-seat 7. Hemichordates: The Bilaterians lineage (also known as phylum- Deuterostome) in the evolutionary crossroads of developmental biology 8. Cambrian Evolution of Onychophorans: In the evolutionary labyrinth of Arthropods, Annelids, and Molluscs 9. The extent of Ctenophore uniqueness
distinctly recognized to be "quasi-Cnidarians" or "stunted Bilaterians" 10. The Protistan Link in Transition: Down the Evolutionary Trail from Unicellular-Protozoa to Multicellular-Metazoa 11. Evolutionary Mysticism of Euglena: A Sagacious Soul of a Plant in the Body of an Animal 12. Virus: A Stepping Stone in Transition in the course of Evolutionary Journey from the World of "Non-Living" to the World of "Living" Entity 13. Conclusion: Missing Link: In Search of Our Distant Cousins Footprints, a Quest for Our Evolutionary Journey to the Past
Dr. Subir Ranjan Kundu is a senior researcher conducting extensive studies on "in situ conservation models at the University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India. He was previously a senior research fellow at the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Gardens under the Botanical Survey of India in Howrah, India. Dr. Kundu received his MSc in botany from Kanpur University, Kanpur, India, specializing in cytogenetics and plant breeding; he then received his PhD in botany from the University of Calcutta, specializing in plant geography, systematic botany, and conservation biology. He is the author of four botany, conservation, and evolution-related books and numerous journal publications on conservation and evolutionary biology.