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Biased Embryos and Evolution

Biased Embryos and Evolution


  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521541619

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  • What determines the direction of evolutionary change? This book provides a revolutionary answer to this question. Many biologists, from Darwin's day to our own, have been satisfied with the answer 'natural selection'. Professor Wallace Arthur is not. He takes the controversial view that biases in the ways that embryos can be altered are just as important as natural selection in determining the directions that evolution has taken, including the one that led to the origin of humans. This argument forms the core of the book. However, in addition, the book summarizes other important issues relating to how embryonic (and post-embryonic) development evolves. Written in an easy, conversational style, this is the first book for students and the general reader that provides an account of the exciting new field of Evolutionary Developmental Biology ('Evo-Devo' to its proponents).

    • Was the first book on the new field of evolutionary developmental biology written for college students and general readers
    • Takes a controversial stance on evolutionary processes, including human origins
    • Written in an easy, accessible style by one of the finest writers in this field
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I thoroughly enjoyed this book … it is short, clearly written and easy to understand …'. Trends in Ecology and Evolution

    '… written with exemplary clarity and charm, and is clearly intended for the general reader or undergraduate … a gentle and engaging account …'. Nature

    '… an excellent account of how development influences evolution … I highly recommend Arthur's book to all fellows of developmental and evolutionary biology.' Ralf J. Sommer, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521541619
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The microscopic horse
    2. What 'drives' evolution?
    3. Darwin: pluralism with a single core
    4. How to build a body
    5. A brief history of the last billion years
    6. Preamble to the quiet revolution
    7. The return of the organism
    8. Possible creatures
    9. The beginnings of bias
    10. A deceptively simple question
    11. Development's twin arrows
    12. Action and reaction
    13. Evolvability: organisms in bits
    14. Back to the trees
    15. Stripes and spots
    16. Towards 'The Inclusive Synthesis'
    17. Social creatures

  • Author

    Wallace Arthur, National University of Ireland, Galway
    Professor Wallace Arthur is in the Integrative Biology Group at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is the author of six previous books.

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