Beyond Heterochrony: The Evolution of Development / Edition 1

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The ten chapters in Beyond Heterochrony: The Evolution of Development explore the evolution of biological development from many different perspectives. They present their research and consider all sides of the often controversial concept of heterochrony without intellectual limits.

In looking beyond heterochrony, this book attends to a variety of explanations for evolutionary development. The chapters present theoretical and practical approaches with real data, using examples from both extant and extinct forms of animal and plant life to present refreshing and at times divergent perspectives on the subject.

Each chapter offers a substantive and original contribution to the literature, with case studies that explore the developmental basis of morphological evolution in a unique way. They address a number of issues and provide real data on which their conclusions rest, as well as the phylogenetic context of evolutionary interpretations.

The book includes thorough analysis of the ontogeny and phylogeny of shape-for decades the very heart of studies of heterochrony-and also presents novel approaches with new hypotheses. The hypotheses considered are as diverse as their analytical methodologies: each goes beyond heterochrony in a different way and in so doing, steers the discussion of the evolution of development in fascinating new directions.

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From the Publisher
“...contains excellent reviews of the assumptions andmathematical bases that underlie heterochrony analyses...”(Evolutionary Anthropology)

"...biologists here consider that for too long [heterochrony]has been thought of as the single significant mechanism..."(SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002)

"...a valuable contribution because of its wide compass andunfamiliar examples..." (British Society for DevelopmentalBiology)

"...provides a valuable set of case studies that attempt toapproach the concept of heterochrony rigorously..."(Heredity, 2003)

From The Critics
Without denying that heterochrony (differences in the timing of events) may play a large role, evolutionary biologists here consider that for too long it has been thought of as the single significant mechanism, and seek to place it within a complex of processes in order to throw light on phenomena that may have been overshadowed of late. Among their topics are a detailed scenario and possible tests of the mostly male theory of flower evolutionary origins, allometric patterning in trilobite ontogeny, and heterochronic versus non- hetrochronic models for the evolution of pigment patterns in ectothermic vertebrates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471379737
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword (Brian K. Hall).



1. The Developmental Basis of Morphological Disarmament in Prunum(Neogastropoda: Marginellidae) (Ross H. Nehm).

2. Ontogenetic Sequences: Homology, Evolution, and the Patterningof Clade Diversity (Larry Hufford).

3. A Detailed Scenario and Possible Tests of the Mostly Male Theoryof Flower Evolutionary Origins (Michael W. Frohlich).

4. Allometric Patterning in Trilobite Ontogeny: Testing forHeterochrony in Nephrolenellus (Mark Webster, H. David Sheets, andNigel C. Hughes).

5. The Spatial Complexity and Evolutionary Dynamics of Growth(Miriam Leah Zelditch, H. David Sheets, and William L. Fink).

6. Spatial and Temporal Growth Patterns in the PhenotypicallyVariable Littorina saxatilis: Surprising Patterns Emerge from Chaos(Robert Guralnick and James Kurpius).

7. Pigment Patterns of Ectothermic Vertebrates: Heterochronic vs.Nonheterochronic Models for Pigment Pattern Evolution (David M.Parichy).

8. Testing the Hypothesis of Heterochrony in Morphometric Data:Lessons from a Bivalved Mollusk (Peter D. Roopnarine).

9. Testing Modularity and Dissociation: The Evolution of RegionalProportions in Snakes (P. David Polly, Jason J. Head, and Martin J.Cohn).

10. Novel Features of Tetrapod Limb Development in TwoNontraditional Model Species: A Skink and a Direct-Developing Frog(Michael D. Shapiro and Timothy F. Carl)


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    "...a valuable contribution because of its wide compass and unfamiliar examples..." (British Society for Developmental Biology)

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