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This book is aimed at students taking courses on evolution inuniversities and colleges. Its approach and its structure are verydifferent from previously-published evolution texts. The core themein this book is how evolution works by changing the course ofembryonic and post-embryonic development. In other words, it is anevolution text that has been very much influenced by the newapproach of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'evo-devo'. Key themes include the following: developmental repatterning;adaptation and coadaptation; gene co-option; developmentalplasticity; the origins of…mehr

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This book is aimed at students taking courses on evolution inuniversities and colleges. Its approach and its structure are verydifferent from previously-published evolution texts. The core themein this book is how evolution works by changing the course ofembryonic and post-embryonic development. In other words, it is anevolution text that has been very much influenced by the newapproach of evolutionary developmental biology, or 'evo-devo'. Key themes include the following: developmental repatterning;adaptation and coadaptation; gene co-option; developmentalplasticity; the origins of evolutionary novelties and body plans;and evolutionary changes in the complexity of organisms. As can beseen from this list, the book includes information across thelevels of the gene, the organism, and the population. It alsoincludes the issue of mapping developmental changes ontoevolutionary trees. The examples used to illustrate particularpoints range widely, including animals, plants and fossils. "I have really enjoyed reading this book. One of the strengthsof the book is the almost conversational style. I foundthe style easy to read, but also feel that it will beinvaluable in teaching. One of our tasks in university levelteaching is to develop students' critical thinking skills. We needto support them in their intellectual development from a "just thefacts" approach to being able to make critical judgements based onavailable evidence. The openness and honesty with which Arthurspeaks to uncertainty in science is refreshing and will be abaseline for discussions with students." -Professor Patricia Moore, Exeter University "This book, written as an undergraduate text, is a really mostimpressive book. Given the burgeoning interest in the role ofdevelopmental change in evolution in recent times, this will be avery timely publication. The book is well structured and, like theauthor's other books, very well written. He communicates with aclear, lucid style and has the ability to explain even the moredifficult concepts in an accessible manner." ---Professor Kenneth McNamara, University of Cambridge The companion site can be found at www.wiley.com/go/arthur/evolution.Here you download all figures from the book, captions,tables, and table of contents.

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  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 416
  • Erscheinungstermin: 8. November 2010
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781444392258
  • Artikelnr.: 37352283
Autorenporträt
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.