A major research effort in his laboratory involves a detailed description of one of the most spectacular examples of "adaptive radiation": the birds of paradise Paradisaeidae of New Guinea and surrounding areas.
Systematics of the Metazoa
A second major research project involving his research group is contributing to building the avian Tree of Life. A related research effort is being put into the analysis of speciation and biogeography of various birds. He and his students have undertaken research on numerous groups of birds in most areas of the world, particularly Latin America and Australasia.
Cracraft has also undertaken research contributing to conservation biology.
Tinbergen's four questions
He and coworkers have published several papers on species concepts and their implications for conservation, and have conducted a genetic study of species limits in tigers. He has also written extensively on biodiversity issues. Richard Gilder Graduate School. Ribas, C.
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Perspectives in animal phylogeny and evolution
Derryberry, E. Claramunt, G. Derryberry, R. Chesser, J. Cracraft, A.
Animal phylogeny is undergoing a major revolution due to the availability of an exponentially increasing amount of molecular data and the application of novel methods of phylogenetic reconstruction, as well as the many spectacular advances in palaeontology and molecular developmental biology. Traditional views of the relationships among major phyla have been shaken and new, often unexpected, relationships are now being considered.
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At the same time, the emerging discipline of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'evo-devo', has offered new insights into the origin and evolvability of major traits of animal architecture and life cycle. All these developments call for a revised interpretation of the pathways along which animal structure and development has evolved since the origin of the Metazoa. Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution takes on this challenge, successfully integrating morphological, fossil and molecular evidence to produce a novel reinterpretation of animal evolution.
Central to the book's approach is an 'evo-devo' perspective on animal evolution with all the fresh insights this has given into the origin of animal organization and life cycles , complementary to the more traditional perspectives of pattern cladistics, comparative anatomy and embryology , mechanisms developmental biology and adaptation evolutionary biology.
The author advocates the need to approach the study of animal evolution with a critical attitude towards many key concepts of comparative morphology and developmental biology.
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