Evolution by Stephen StearnsEvolution by Stephen Stearns


byStephen Stearns, Rolf Hoekstra

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Since Charles Darwin's masterpiece 'The origin of Species by natural selection' was published in 1859, evolution has become an established science that illuminates and informs our understanding of many central biological issues from animal development to animal behaviour. Evolution 2/e standsalone amongst the major textbooks by focusing on key principles to offer a truly accessible, unintimidating treatment of this fascinating subject Part One introduces the basic mechanisms of microevolution: selection, inheritance, and development. Part Two considers how natural selection has designed organisms for reproductive success. Part Three explores macroevolutionary processes such as speciation and extinction and the techniques whichare used to study these. Part Four examines key events in evolution throughout the geological record. Finally, Part Five discusses two subjects, coevolution and evolutionary medicine, which integrate and contrast micro- and macroevolution. The book closes with a chapter that recapitulates majorissues, discusses unsolved problems, and looks ahead to future developments in this dynamic field. Recent advances in molecular biology and genetics have fuelled a renewed interest in evolutionary biology, and have given us new tools with which to explore the field, revolutionising our understanding of how evolutionary processes impact upon many aspects of biology. A rigorous yet engaging text,Evolution 2/e is perfect for any student wishing to gain a sound understanding of the subject. Online Resource Centre: - Figures available to download, to facilitate lecture preparation, - Interactive simulations, to help students explore the subject in a hands-on manner - Additional questions and answers, to encourage independent learning
Professor Stephen Stearns, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, USA Professor Rolf Hoekstra, Professor of Genetics, Laboratory of Genetics, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Title:EvolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:596 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.99 inPublished:September 13, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199255636

ISBN - 13:9780199255634

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Text With Free Online Lectures I am currently reading this text and find it is fairly easy to follow. It is a great introduction to the topic of Evolution and Natural Selection! And the best part of all, this is the accompanying text book used in professor Stephen C. Stearns Yale lectures that are available for free on the Open Yale Courses website, as well as on You Tube!. Provided links below!! EEB 122: PRINCIPLES OF EVOLUTION, ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR: http://oyc.yale.edu/ecology-and-evolutionary-biology/eeb-122#sessions Stearns & Hoekstra: Evolution 2e Student resources: http://global.oup.com/uk/orc/biosciences/evolution/stearns2e/
Date published: 2013-07-18

Table of Contents

PrologueThe Nature of the IssuesPart IMicroevolutionary Principles1. Adaptive Evolution2. Neutral Evolution3. Evolution as Changes in the Genetic Composition of Populations4. Origin and Maintenance of Genetic Variation5. The Importance of Development in Evolution6. The Expression of VariationPart IIOrganismal Design for Reproductive Success7. The Evolution of Sex8. Multilevel Selection and Genomic Conflict9. The Evolution of Life Histories and Sex Ratios10. Sexual SelectionPart IIIPrinciples of Macroevolution11. Speciation and Extinction12. Phylogeny and Systematics13. Comparative MethodsPart IVThe History of Life14. Key Events in Evolution15. Major Events in the Geological Theater16. The Fossil Record and the Major RadiationsPart VIntegrating Micro- and Macro-Evolution17. Coevolution: Micro- and Macro18. Evolutionary Medicine and Human Evolution19. Conclusions and ProspectsAnswersAppendix of Basic Genetic ConceptsGlossary

Editorial Reviews

`..a nice, slim, inexpensive, up-to-date, user-friendly textbook pitched at exactly the right level...Stearns and Hoekstra excel both on presentation and content. The uncluttered pages and numerous sub-headings are inviting...The questions at the end of each chapter are thought provoking...thebest undergraduate evolution textbook available.'George F Turner, Head of Biochemistry, University of Southampton/The Times Higher Education Supplement, February 2000