Evolution: Components And Mechanisms by David ZeiglerEvolution: Components And Mechanisms by David Zeigler

Evolution: Components And Mechanisms

byDavid ZeiglerEditorDavid Zeigler

Paperback | April 23, 2014

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Evolution: Components and Mechanismsintroduces the many recent discoveries and insights that have added to the discipline of organic evolution, and combines them with the key topics needed to gain a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of evolution. Each chapter covers an important topic or factor pertinent to a modern understanding of evolutionary theory, allowing easy access to particular topics for either study or review. Many chapters are cross-referenced.

Modern evolutionary theory has expanded significantly within only the past two to three decades. In recent times the definition of a gene has evolved, the definition of organic evolution itself is in need of some modification, the number of known mechanisms of evolutionary change has increased dramatically, and the emphasis placed on opportunity and contingency has increased. This book synthesizes these changes and presents many of the novel topics in evolutionary theory in an accessible and thorough format.

This book is an ideal, up-to-date resource for biologists, geneticists, evolutionary biologists, developmental biologists, and researchers in, as well as students and academics in these areas and professional scientists in many subfields of biology.

  • Discusses many of the mechanisms responsible for evolutionary change
  • Includes an appendix that provides a brief synopsis of these mechanisms with most discussed in greater detail in respective chapters
  • Aids readers in their organization and understanding of the material by addressing the basic concepts and topics surrounding organic evolution
  • Covers some topics not typically addressed, such as opportunity, contingency, symbiosis, and progress
Title:Evolution: Components And MechanismsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:April 23, 2014Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0128003480

ISBN - 13:9780128003480


Table of Contents


  1. Evolution
  2. Natural Selection
  3. Adaptation
  4. Competition
  5. Genetics Basics & Mutations
  6. Transposable Elements, Viruses, and Genomes
  7. Horizontal Gene Transfer
  8. Neutral Evolution
  9. Genetic Drift
  10. Environment
  11. Development
  12. Symbiosis
  13. Speciation
  14. Micro- and Macroevolution
  15. Homology
  16. Imperfection
  17. The Fossil Record and the History of Life
  18. Contingency and Evolution
  19. Opportunity
  20. Phylogeny The Tree of Life
  21. Progress Purpose?

Editorial Reviews

"...a competent, informed overview of recent developments in the study of the mechanisms of evolutionary change."--The Quarterly Review of Biology, Evolution

"Intentionally left blank--not providing quote"--Choice Reviews Online, January 2015