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Arthur, Wallace

Evolution A Developmental Approach (Gebundene Ausgabe)

Wiley John + Sons, Wiley, John, & Sons, Inc, Dezember 2010

416 S. - Sprache: Englisch - 256x197x30 mm

ISBN: 1444337203 EAN: 9781444337204

This book is aimed at students taking courses on evolution in universities and colleges. Its approach and its structure are very different from previously-published evolution texts. The core theme in this book is how evolution works by changing the course of embryonic and post-embryonic development. In other words, it is an evolution text that has been very much influenced by the new approach of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'evo-devo'. Key themes include the following: developmental repatterning; adaptation and coadaptation; gene co-option; developmental plasticity; the origins of evolutionary novelties and body plans; and evolutionary changes in the complexity of organisms. As can be seen from this list, the book includes information across the levels of the gene, the organism, and the population. It also includes the issue of mapping developmental changes onto evolutionary trees. The examples used to illustrate particular points range widely, including animals, plants and fossils. "I have really enjoyed reading this book. One of the strengths of the book is the almost conversational style. I found the style easy to read, but also feel that it will be invaluable in teaching. One of our tasks in university level teaching is to develop students' critical thinking skills. We need to support them in their intellectual development from a "just the facts" approach to being able to make critical judgements based on available evidence. The openness and honesty with which Arthur speaks to uncertainty in science is refreshing and will be a baseline for discussions with students." -Professor Patricia Moore, Exeter University "This book, written as an undergraduate text, is a really most impressive book. Given the burgeoning interest in the role of developmental change in evolution in recent times, this will be a very timely publication. The book is well structured and, like the author's other books, very well written. He communicates with a clear, lucid style and has the ability to explain even the more difficult concepts in an accessible manner." ---Professor Kenneth McNamara, University of Cambridge

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PART I: FOUNDATIONS * Introduction * What is evo-devo? * Development, cells and molecules * Natural populations PART II: DEVELOPMENTAL REPATTERNING * Mutation and developmental repatterning * Heterochrony * Heterotopy * Heterometry * Heterotypy * The integrative nature of repatterning * Mapping repatterning to trees PART III: THE DIRECTION OF EVOLUTION * Adaptation, coadaptation and exaptation * Developmental constraint and bias * Developmental genes and evolution * Gene co-option as an evolutionary mechanism * Developmental plasticity and evolution * The origin of species, novelties and body plans * The evolution of complexity PART IV: CONCLUSIONS * Key concepts and connections * Prospect

Über den Autor

Wallace Arthur is Professor of Zoology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is one of the founding editors of the journal Evolution & Development. He obtained his PhD from the University of Nottingham, and held positions at several British universities before moving to Galway in 2004. He has been a Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard University and a Visiting Associate of Darwin College, Cambridge.


"For that audience, I think it will serve well and I recommend it strongly for university courses." ( The Quarterly Review of Biology , 6 March2013) "Written is an accessible style, illustrated by many original and specific examples including animals, plants or fossils, this book has the advantage to be an excellent textbook devoted to students studying evolution or to their teachers. It can be also recommended to anybody interested by the basic concept of evolution." ( Mammalia , 28 June 2012) "The style is lucid, the illustrations are lavish, and the length is just about right for an undergraduate course resource. Summing Up: Recommended. All students, researchers/faculty, and professionals." (Choice, 1 September 2011)

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