Developmental Instability: Causes and Consequences

Hardcover | December 15, 2002

EditorMichal Polak

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The field of developmental instability has generated a large amount of controversy recently, mostly because of fierce disagreement over the genetic basis of fluctuating asymmetry and its role in mate selection. This book is a timely and innovative synthesis of the discussion. With twenty fourchapters by leading authorities, the book is an especially thorough and critical treatment of the genetic basis of fluctuating asymmetry, and of its role in animal communication, sexual selection, and plant and animal ecology and evolution. The book features an in-depth examination of therelationship between environmental stress and asymmetry, as well as a critical assessment of the value of asymmetry as a biomarker in ecotoxicology. Up-to-date information from disparate fields within the biological sciences is creatively integrated to examine the molecular and cellular origins ofdevelopmental instability and fluctuating asymmetry, and the link between asymmetry and Darwinian fitness. This comprehensive treatment also describes methodology for data analysis and optimization of experimental design, refocuses attention on key problems in the field and identifies new researchdirections.

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The field of developmental instability has generated a large amount of controversy recently, mostly because of fierce disagreement over the genetic basis of fluctuating asymmetry and its role in mate selection. This book is a timely and innovative synthesis of the discussion. With twenty fourchapters by leading authorities, the book i...

Michal Polak is at University of Cincinatti.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 7.01 × 10 × 1.1 inPublished:December 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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M. J. West-Eberhard: ForewordContributorsIntroductionPart I. Origins1. H. F. Nijhout and G. Davidowitz: Developmental Perspectives on Phenotypic Variation, Canalization, and Fluctuating Asymmetry2. Christian Peter Klingenberg: A Developmental Perspective on Developmental Instability: Theory, Models, and Mechanisms3. John H. Graham, John M. Emlen, and D. Carl Freeman: Nonlinear Dynamics and Developmental Instability4. John M. Emlen, D. Carl Freeman, and John H. Graham: The Adaptive Basis of Developmental Instability: A Hypothesis and Its Implications5. Steven W. Gangestad and Randy Thornhill: Fluctuating Asymmetry, Developmental Instability, and Fitness: Toward Model-Based Interpretation6. Michal Polak et al.: Does an Individual Asymmetry Parameter Exist? A Meta-analysisPart II. Genetic Causes7. Charles M. Woolf and Therese A. Markow: Genetic Models for Developmental Homeostasis: Historical Perspectives8. Paul Alibert and Jean-Christophe Auffray: Genomic Coadaptation, Outbreeding Depression, and Developmental Instability9. John A. McKenzie: The Analysis of the Asymmetry Phenotype: Single Genes and the Environment10. Larry Leamy: Dominance, Epistasis, and Fluctuating Asymmetry11. Rebecca C. Fuller and David Houle: Inheritance of Developmental InstabilityPart III. Fitness Consequences12. Geoffrey M. Clarke: Developmental Stability--Fitness Relationships in Animals: Some Theoretical Considerations13. Mary Tracy et al.: Developmental Instability: An Appropriate Indicator of Plant Fitness Components?14. George W. Uetz and Phillip W. Taylor: Developmental Instability and Animal Communication: Fluctuating Asymmetry as a Signal and as an Influence on the Signaling Process15. Joseph L. Tomkins and Leigh W. Simmons: Fluctuating Asymmetry and Sexual Selection: Paradigm Shifts, Publication Bias, and Observer Expectation16. Anders Pape Mqller and Jose J. Cuervo: Asymmetry, Size, and Sexual Selection: Factors Affecting Heterogeneity in Relationships between Asymmetry and Sexual SelectionPart IV. Statistical Tools17. A. Richard Palmer and Curtis Strobeck: Fluctuating Asymmetry Analyses Revisited18. Stefan Van Dongen, Luc Lens, and Geert Molenberghs: Recent Developments and Shortcomings in the Analysis of Individual Asymmetry: A Review and Introduction of a Bayesian Statistical Approach19. Dmitry L. Lajus, John H. Graham, and Alexander V. Kozhara: Developmental Instability and the Stochastic Component of Total Phenotypic VariancePart V. Environmental Stress and Applications20. D. Carl Freeman et al.: Plant Developmental Instability: New Measures, Applications, and Regulation21. Ary A. Hoffmann and Richard E. Woods: Associating Environmental Stress with Developmental Stability: Problems and Patterns22. Vladimir M. Zakharov: Linking Developmental Stability and Environmental Stres: A Whole Organism Approach23. Brian Leung, Loren Knopper, and Pierre Mineau: A Critical Assessment of the Utility of Fluctuating Asymmetry as a Biomarker of Anthropogenic Stress24. Christian Peter Klingenberg: Developmental Instability as a Research Tool: Using Patterns of Fluctuating Asymmetry to Infer the Developmental Origins of Morphological IntegrationTaxonomic IndexSubject Index

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"Altogether, this book is a pleasure to read. The individual chapters are well written and the book as a whole has clearly been well edited. It is also handsomely produced, with good clear print, decent figures, and very few typographical errors." BioScience