Missing Links: Evolutionary Concepts and Transitions through Time. Robert A. Martin. Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, Massachusetts. 303 + xvi p.

Reading this compact, well written, and informative little book, I found myself frequently checking the title. Is the main subject here really evolutionary transitions? It seems instead to be a broad and very good introduction to paleontological evidence and inference in general, with a strong emphasis on modern evolutionary biology that includes insights from speciation, population biology, genetics, and even evo-devo. Of course, Martin focuses heavily on some of the “big changes” in vertebrate history, such as the origins of...

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