Ecological hierarchy and biodiversity

Authored by: Christopher Lean , Kim Sterelny

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138827738
eBook ISBN: 9781315530215
Adobe ISBN: 9781315530208

10.4324/9781315530215.ch8

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Abstract

Valentine’s wonderfully rich though somewhat quirky Origins of Phyla includes a discussion of the cellular diversity of the various metazoan phyla, cells after all being the essential building blocks from which organisms are constructed. Table 8.1 lists his estimate of the cell-level diversity of some of the better-known phyla (Valentine 2004).

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