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The Geometry of Evolution

The Geometry of Evolution
Adaptive Landscapes and Theoretical Morphospaces


  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521849425

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  • The metaphor of the adaptive landscape - that evolution via the process of natural selection can be visualized as a journey across adaptive hills and valleys, mountains and ravines - permeates both evolutionary biology and the philosophy of science. The focus of this 2006 book is to demonstrate to the reader that the adaptive landscape concept can be put into actual analytical practice through the usage of theoretical morphospaces - geometric spaces of both existent and non-existent biological form - and to demonstrate the power of the adaptive landscape concept in understanding the process of evolution. The adaptive landscape concept further allows us to take a spatial approach to the concepts of natural selection, evolutionary constraint and evolutionary development. For that reason, this book relies heavily on spatial graphics to convey the concepts developed within these pages, and less so on formal mathematics.

    • The adaptive landscape concept allows the user to view an organism's evolutionary trajectory through time, as a journey through the landscape driven by natural selection, and genetic morphological and developmental constraints
    • Details all the applications of the adaptive landscape concept in evolutionary biology
    • An introductory text that will be of use to advanced undergraduates and graduates of evolutionary biology
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    Review of the hardback: 'Theoretical morphology needs to become mainstream and find its purpose … This book has established an extremely solid foundation …' American Journal of Human Biology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521849425
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 158 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The concept of the adaptive landscape
    2. Modelling natural selection in adaptive landscapes
    3. Modelling evolutionary phenomena in adaptive landscapes
    4. The concept of the theoretical morphospace
    5. Analysing the role of adaptive evolution in theoretical morphospaces
    6. Analysing evolutionary phenomena in theoretical morphospaces
    7. Evolutionary constraint in theoretical morphospace
    8. Evolutionary development in theoretical morphospace
    9. There is much to be done …

  • Author

    George R. McGhee, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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