Preface 1: Reading the history of life 2: Animal phylogenetics 3: Metazoans enter the stage 4: Deep branches of the metazoan tree 5: The entangled phylogeny of the Bilateria 6: A gallery of major bilaterian clades 7: The life cycle and its evolution 8: The evolution of animal body architecture 9: The overall picture References Index
Alessandro Minelli is a professor of zoology at the University of Padova, Italy. Until the mid 90s his main scientific interests have been myriapod phylogeny and taxonomy as well as the principles and methods of biological systematics. During the last decade his main research interests have turned towards evolutionary developmental biology, with special regards to the origin and evolution of appendages and segmentation.
`Minelli sheds an innovative light on topics such as complexity, body axes or germ layers. This book is a firework of ideas...it is impressive, how sure and well informed Minelli navigates through the different topics he talks about.' Acta Zoologica