Evolution: From Molecules to Ecosystems

Paperback | April 15, 2004

EditorAndres Moya, Enrique Font

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Less than 150 years have elapsed since the publication of Darwin's seminal work on evolution by natural selection, yet in this short period of time evolutionary theory has transformed our thinking in all aspects of human endeavor. The rapid progress that has been made, particularly in the lastdecades, is reflected in this book, which illustrates many key advances in the field and provides a sampler of the diversity of questions and research approaches that constitute the modern study of evolution. With contributions from leading experts, "Evolution: From Molecules to Ecosystems" addresses issues ranging from the fate of mutations to the origin of new genes, from mechanisms of speciation to patterns of radiation after mass extinctions, from recent migrations to ancient relationships, fromsymbiosis to virulent disease, and from the origin of play to perceptions of beauty. The book is designed to be advanced and up-to-date, but at the same time accessible and relevant to readers from the fields of genetics, ecology, animal behavior, anthropology and evolutionary biology. It will beparticularly useful as a companion text for introductory and upper level courses in evolutionary biology.

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Less than 150 years have elapsed since the publication of Darwin's seminal work on evolution by natural selection, yet in this short period of time evolutionary theory has transformed our thinking in all aspects of human endeavor. The rapid progress that has been made, particularly in the lastdecades, is reflected in this book, which i...

Andres Moya Professor of Genetics, Cavanilles Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Genetics, University of Valencia, Spain Born: Valencia, Spain 1956 Enrique Font Associate Professor of Zoology, Cavanilles Institute for Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology and Department of Zoology, University of Va...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.76 inPublished:April 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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THE GENETIC MACHINERY OF EVOLUTION1. Ohta: Near neutrality and its implications for evolution2. Aguade, Rozas and Segarra: Inferring the action of natural selection from DNA sequence comparisons: data from Drosophila3. Garcia-Dorado, Lopez-Fanjul and Caballero: Rates and effects of deleterious mutations and their evolutionary consequences4. Lynch: Gene duplication and evolution5. Bergman and Patel: The evolution of gene regulation: approaches and implications6. Gonzalez-Candelas, Ho, Casa and Kresovich: Genomics and evolution: the path aheadMOLECULAR VARIATION AND EVOLUTION7. Holmes: The evolution of virulence in AIDS viruses8. Rich and Ayala: Evolution and population structure of parasitic protozoa: the Plasmodium model9. van Ham, Moya and Latorre: The evolution of endosymbiosis in insectsTHE ECOLOGICAL AND BIOGEOGRAPHIC CONTEXT OF EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE10. Lampert: Evolutionary ecology: natural selection in freshwater systems11. DeMeester, Gomez and Simon: Evolutionary and ecological genetics of cyclical parthenogens12. Serra, Snell and King: The timing of sex in cyclical parthenogenetic rotifers13. Denno and Peterson: From ecosystems to molecules: cascading effects of habitat persistence on dispersal strategies and the genetic structure of populations14. Hewitt: Using molecules to understand the distribution of animal and plant diversitySPECIATION AND MAJOR EVOLUTIONARY EVENTS15. Schilthuizen and Scott: Allopatric speciation: not so simple after all16. Fontdevila: Introgression and hybrid speciation via transposition17. Michod and Nedelcu: Cooperation and conflict during the unicellular-multicellular and prokaryotic-eukaryotic transitions18. Zardoya and Meyer: Molecular evidence on the origin of and the phylogenetic relationships among the major groups of verebrates19. Erwin: Mass extinctions and evolutionary radiationsBEHAVIOR, EVOLUTION AND HUMAN AFFAIRS20. Burghardt: Play: how evolution can explain the most mysterious behavior of all21. Thornhill and Gangestad: The evolutionary psychology of human physical attraction and attractiveness22. Bertanpetit and Calafell: Genome views on human evolution23. Dennett: Could there be a Darwinian account of human creativity?

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`Many of the recent hot areas in evolutionary biology are represented, and many international leading authorities are present.'Professor Stephen C Stearns, Yale University, USA