The Development of Animal Form: Ontogeny, Morphology, and Evolution. Alessandro Minelli. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 2003. 232 pages. ISBN 0-521-80851-0. Cloth $50.00.

Perhaps Lord Rutherford had not read Darwin when he famously declared that “there are two types of scientist—physicists and stamp collectors,” but this sentiment can still bring discomfort to paleontologists. Indeed, the genesis of this journal was partly a response to the need for a more analytical approach to the fossil record, but our data often remain annoyingly distant from systems subject to controlled manipulation in the lab. As a specialist on a group with no extant descendants...

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