Asymmetry, Developmental Stability and Evolution

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byAnders Pape Moller, John P. Swaddle

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Why does nature love symmetry? In Asymmetry, Developmental Stability and Evolution, Moller and Swaddle analyse the evolutionary implications of symmetry. They advance and explain their theory that symmetry is related to genetic stability and fitness, and that symmetric individuals appear tohave quantifiable and significant advantages over their asymmetric counterparts. When assessing potential mates or competitors, animals may be able to use symmetry as an honest indication of quality. This interdisciplinary book, with its associated Web-site, will be of interest to students andresearchers in the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and animal behaviour.

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Why does nature love symmetry? In Asymmetry, Developmental Stability and Evolution, Moller and Swaddle analyse the evolutionary implications of symmetry. They advance and explain their theory that symmetry is related to genetic stability and fitness, and that symmetric individuals appear tohave quantifiable and significant advantages o...

Anders Pape Moller is at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. John Swaddle is at University of Glasgow.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019854894X

ISBN - 13:9780198548942

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 - Asymmetries and developmental stabilityCh. 2 - Ontogeny of asymmetry and phenodeviantsCh. 3 - Developmental stability and mode of selectionCh. 4 - Adverse environmental conditions and evolutionCh. 5 - Causes of developmental instability. I. Genetic factorsCh. 6 - Causes of developmental instability. II. Environmental factorsCh. 7 - Developmental instability and performanceCh. 8 - Developmental stability and signallingCh. 9 - Developmental stability and fitness

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`'...Throughout the book the authors discuss these topics with authority...if you work on FA keep this book in your laboratory-it cites references which you have not read-or, if you are thinking of incorporating FA into your research, read it before you start.''John Manning, Heredity, 81, 120-124.