The Evolution of Adaptive Systems: The General Theory of Evolution

Other | July 1, 2000

byBrock, James Patrick, James Patrick Brock

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The data of evolutionary biology have changed in a very radical way in recent years, the most significant input to this revolution being the advances made in developmental genetics. Another recent development is a noticeable shift away from extreme specialization in evolutionary biology. In this, we are perhaps to be reminded of George Gaylord Simpson's comments: "evolution is an incredibly complex but at the same time integrated and unitary process." The main objective of this book is to illustrate how natural adaptive systems evolve as a unity--with the particular objective of identifying and merging several special theories of evolution within the framework of a single general theory.
The book provides an interdisciplinary overview of the general theory of evolution from the standpoint of the dynamic behavior of natural adaptive systems. The approach leads to a radically new fusion of the diverse disciplines of evolutionary biology, serving to resolve the considerable degree of conflict existing between different schools of contemporary thought.

Key Features
* The book is a timely volume written by a natural historian with a broad view of biology.
* The author draws examples from a large range of organisms from many different habitats and niches where interesting adaptations have evolved
* Probes deeply into mechanisms of evolution such as developmental genetics, morphogenesis, chromosome structure, and cladogenesis
* Clear definition of terms, with illustrations visualizing the main theoretical structures, and point-by-point summaries clearly stating the principal conclusions

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The data of evolutionary biology have changed in a very radical way in recent years, the most significant input to this revolution being the advances made in developmental genetics. Another recent development is a noticeable shift away from extreme specialization in evolutionary biology. In this, we are perhaps to be reminded of George...

Dr. James P. Brock is presently Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum in London. A Fellow of both the Linnean Society of London and the Zoological Society of London, he developed his primary research interest, evolutionary theory, with a Ph.D. from Imperial College, after earlier posts working at the University Museums of Gl...

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Format:OtherDimensions:642 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080542468

ISBN - 13:9780080542461

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Table of Contents

Foreword.
Preface.
Adaptation and the Adaptive System.
Spatial Structure of the Adaptive Niche.
Dynamics of the Adaptive Niche.
The Selection Interface.
Adaptive Equilibrium.
The Cladogenetic Selection Interface.
Adaptive Potential, Biophysical Paradigms, and the Selectional Attractor.
Evolutionary Mode.
Structural Paradigms of Development.
Adaptive Capacity and Potential in the Mechanisms of Development.
Developmental Genetics, Adaptive Capacity, and Potential.
Mutation and Realization of Adaptive Potential.
Chromosome Structure and Adaptive Topography.
Evolutionary Impediments and the Adaptive Substrate for Evolutionary Change.
Darwinian versus Thompsonian Factors in Evolution.
The Morphogenetic Topology of Evolutionary Change.
Architecture of the Phyletic Lineage.
Evolutionary Rate and Episodic Evolution.
Stasis and the Adaptive Substrate.
Extinction - Lineage to Clade.
From Lineage to Taxon.
Epilogue: An Overview of the General Theory.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.