Plasticity, Robustness, Development and Evolution by Patrick BatesonPlasticity, Robustness, Development and Evolution by Patrick Bateson

Plasticity, Robustness, Development and Evolution

byPatrick Bateson, Peter Gluckman

Paperback | August 15, 2011

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How do we understand and explain the apparent dichotomy between plasticity and robustness in the context of development? Can we identify these complex processes without resorting to 'either/or' solutions? Written by two leaders in the field, this is the first book to fully unravel the complexity of the subject, explaining that the epigenetic processes generating plasticity and robustness are in fact deeply intertwined. It identifies the different mechanisms that generate robustness and the various forms of plasticity, before considering the functional significance of the integrated mechanisms and how the component processes might have evolved. Finally, it highlights the ways in which epigenetic mechanisms could be instrumental in driving evolutionary change. Essential reading for biologists and psychologists interested in epigenetics and evolution, this book is also a valuable resource for biological anthropologists, sociobiologists, child psychologists and paediatricians.
Title:Plasticity, Robustness, Development and EvolutionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:166 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.35 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052173620X

ISBN - 13:9780521736206


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Setting the scene; 2. Clarifications; 3. Developmental robustness; 4. Plasticity; 5. Integration of robustness and plasticity; 6. Current functions of integrated developmental processes; 7. Evolution of developmental processes; 8. Impact of developmental processes on evolution; 9. Development and evolution intertwined; Acknowledgements; References; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"... a handy and accessible roadmap to the problem of development in evolution. A a researcher, I found the rich historical context in the first four chapters to be helpful. At the same time, the clear writing and use of examples, hypotheticals, and metaphors also make these and other chapters ideal for students with only basic background in evolutionary biology."
Matthew, McIntyre, American Journal of Human Biology