Jeffrey S. Levington. 2001. Genetics, Paleontology and Macroevolution, second edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 617 p. (paperback, ISBN 0 521 00550 7, hardback ISBN 0 521 80317 9)

Macroevolution, defined by Jeffrey Levington as “the sum of the processes that explain the character-state transition that diagnose evolutionary differences of major taxonomic rank” (p. 2), is indeed a macrodefinition that demands a broad brush for its explanation. After a brief introduction to systematic methods (Chapter 2) Levington casts his net in the Recent world (Chapter 3) to capture the type of morphological and biochemical differences that we observe among modern species....

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