Adaptation: Natural Selection in Evolution

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Discusses foundations, achievements, and prospects in the study of evolutionary adaptation, with sections on concepts and theories of adaptation, empirical methods for studying adaptation, and diversity of adaptive processes. After an introduction on post-Spandrel adaptationism, subjects include genes and adaptation, the study of adaptation in natural populations, testing adaptation using phenotypic manipulations, and the design of natural and artificial adaptive systems. For researchers and advanced students. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The foundations, achievements, and future prospects of the study of evolutionary adapation are discussed in this reintroduction to the themes that Darwin and his successors regarded as central to any profound understanding of Biology. Chapters are divided into sections on concepts and theories of adaptation, including optimization and adaptation and a pocket guide to the theory of genes and adaptation; empirical methods for studying adaptation, including phenotypic manipulations; and the diversity of adaptive processes. Paper edition (596421-8), $34.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780125964203
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 10/22/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 511
  • Product dimensions: 7.11 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Post-Spandrel Adaptationism 1
Ch. 1 Historical Development of the Concept of Adaptation 11
Ch. 2 The Argument from Design 55
Ch. 3 Optimization and Adaptation 93
Ch. 4 Genes and Adaptation: A Pocket Guide to the Theory 125
Ch. 5 Testing Adaptation Using Phenotypic Manipulations 149
Ch. 6 Phylogenetic Systematics of Adaptation 187
Ch. 7 Laboratory Evolution: The Experimental Wonderland and the Cheshire Cat Syndrome 221
Ch. 8 The Empirical Study of Adaptation in Natural Populations 243
Ch. 9 Molecular Population Genetics of Adaptation 291
Ch. 10 Paleontological Data and the Study of Adaptation 311
Ch. 11 Adaptations of Clades: Resistance and Response 363
Ch. 12 Adaptation in Subdivided Populations: Kin Selection and Interdemic Selection 381
Ch. 13 Adaptation and Selection of Genomic Parasites 407
Ch. 14 The Design of Natural and Artificial Adaptive Systems 451
Index 507
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