Readership: Ideal for students of life sciences and related fields, as well as general readers interested in the modern biological understanding of animals.
Peter Holland, Linacre Professor of Zoology, The University of Oxford
Peter Holland is Linacre Professor of Zoology and Head of the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. After a degree in Zoology and a PhD in Genetics he has spent the last 20 years undertaking research into the evolution of the animal kingdom, focussing primarily on the genetic and developmental differences between animal groups. He has published over 150 research papers on animal development and evolution.
1: What is an animal?
2: Animal phyla
3: The evolutionary tree of animals
4: Basal animals: corals, sponges and jellyfish
5: The bilaterians: building a body
6: Lophotrochozoa: wondrous worms
7: Ecdysozoa: insects and nematodes
8: Deuterostomes I: starfish, sea squirts and amphioxus
9: Deuterostomes II: the rise of vertebrates
10: Deuterostomes III: vertebrates on land
11: Enigmatic animals