Genetics, Paleontology, and Macroevolution / Edition 2by Jeffrey S. Levinton
Pub. Date: 03/28/2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Genetics, Paleontology, and Macroevolution describes the patterns and processes that lead to evolutionary changes of large magnitude. It outlines a strategy for the study of large-scale evolutionary processes and summarizes critically the work that has been done. The author integrates all evolutionary processes, from those on the molecular level to large-scale historical approaches taken by paleontologists, and relates systematics, developmental biology, population genetics, and paleontology. Unlike any other book on the subject of evolution, this treatise argues many points that form the basis of lively and unresolved discussions. Primarily intended for a graduate level course, this book will stimulate the thoughts of everyone interested in evolutionary biology and paleontology.
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Table of ContentsPreface to the first edition; Preface to the second edition; 1. Macroevolution: the problem and the field; 2. Genealogy, systematics, and macroevolution; 3. Genetics, speciation, and trans-specific evolution; 4. Development and evolution; 5. The constructional and functional aspects of form; 6. Patterns of morphological change in fossil lineages; 7. Patterns of diversity, origination, and extinction; 8. A Cambrian explosion?; Glossary; References; Author index; Subject index.
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