Numerical Palaeobiology—Computer-based Modelling and Analysis of Fossils and their Distributions, David A.T. Harper (Editor), 1999, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 468 p. (Hardcover $99.00) ISBN: 0-471-97405-6.

The 1990's saw the proliferation of inexpensive, fast computers and software packages for manipulating large data bases and conducting statistical, phylogenetic, and morphometric analyses. Projects that formerly required formidable programming skills and long (and expensive) amounts of computer time could be finished overnight or even nearly instantaneously by rank technopeasants. This has encouraged quantitative analyses by paleobiologists (indeed, by biologists in general) and, perhaps, also has encouraged more sophisticated statistical testing and inferring of...

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