Process and Pattern in Evolution

Hardcover | March 1, 1989

byCharlotte J. Avers

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This textbook examines a broad range of topics covered in evolutionary biology courses. Part one sets the historical, physical, and chemical framework for the origin of life, and provides in-depth coverage of genome evolution, metabolic pathways, the genetic code, and cellular organization inprimeval life. Part two concentrates on the genetic processes underlying the diversity of gene organization, function, and expression; adaptation and neutral evolution; gene frequency changes in populations; and tempos and modes of speciation. Part three emphasizes patterns and trends in evolutionas deduced from morphological and molecular phylogenetic analyses and from geological and paleontological studies. The final two chapters describe major evolutionary concepts as seen in the emergence of the human family from its ancestral vertebrate beginnings to Homo sapiens. The text is enhancedby numerous tables and illustrations, many from the original research literature. Extensive references, reading lists, and summaries accompany each chapter, providing students with the opportunity to explore further the ongoing challenge of the evolutionary biology of past and present life onEarth.

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Evolution provides a broad umbrella that covers and integrates virtually all of biology and is made even more sweeping by contributions from astronomers, chemists, geologists, philosophers, physicists, and others.

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This textbook examines a broad range of topics covered in evolutionary biology courses. Part one sets the historical, physical, and chemical framework for the origin of life, and provides in-depth coverage of genome evolution, metabolic pathways, the genetic code, and cellular organization inprimeval life. Part two concentrates on th...

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Evolution provides a broad umbrella that covers and integrates virtually all of biology and is made even more sweeping by contributions from astronomers, chemists, geologists, philosophers, physicists, and others.

Charlotte J. Avers is at Rutgers University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 9.57 × 6.73 × 1.14 inPublished:March 1, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195052757

ISBN - 13:9780195052756

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Table of Contents

PART I: Foundations of Life on Earth1. The Origins and History of Evolutionary Ideas2. The Physical and Chemical Setting for Life3. The Origin and Evolution of Primeval Life4. Some Evolutionary Themes in the Living WorldPART II: Evolutionary Processes5. Genetic Diversity6. Natural Selection and Adaptation7. Gene Frequencies in Populations8. Tempo and Mode in SpeciationPART III: Patterns and Trends in Evolution9. Phylogenetic Analysis10. The Timetable of Biological History11. Origin and Evolution of the Primates12. Two Million Years of Hominine Evolution

From Our Editors

Evolution provides a broad umbrella that covers and integrates virtually all of biology and is made even more sweeping by contributions from astronomers, chemists, geologists, philosophers, physicists, and others.