In the Light of Evolution:: Volume III: Two Centuries of Darwin

In the Light of Evolution:: Volume III: Two Centuries of Darwin

by John C. Avise, Francisco J. Ayala, National Academy of Sciences
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309139864

ISBN-13: 9780309139861

Pub. Date: 11/30/2009

Publisher: National Academies Press

Two Centuries of Darwin is the outgrowth of an Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences on January 16-17, 2009. In the chapters of this book, leading evolutionary biologists and science historians reflect on and commemorate the Darwinian Revolution. They canvass modern research approaches and current scientific thought on

Overview

Two Centuries of Darwin is the outgrowth of an Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences on January 16-17, 2009. In the chapters of this book, leading evolutionary biologists and science historians reflect on and commemorate the Darwinian Revolution. They canvass modern research approaches and current scientific thought on each of the three main categories of selection (natural, artificial, and sexual) that Darwin addressed during his career. Although Darwin's legacy is associated primarily with the illumination of natural selection in The Origin, he also contemplated and wrote extensively about what we now term artificial selection and sexual selection. In a concluding section of this book, several science historians comment on Darwin's seminal contributions.

Two Centuries of Darwin is the third book of the In the Light of Evolution series. Each installment in the series explores evolutionary perspectives on a particular biological topic that is scientifically intriguing but also has special relevance to contemporary societal issues or challenges. The ILE series aims to interpret phenomena in various areas of biology through the lens of evolution and address some of the most intellectually engaging, as well as pragmatically important societal issues of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309139861
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Biography Arthur M. Sackler vii

Preface to the In the Light of Evolution Series xiii

Preface to In the Light of Evolution, Volume III: Two Centuries of Darwin xv

Part I Natural Selection, or Adaptation to Nature 1

1 Natural Selection in Action During Speciation Sara Via 5

2 Adaptive Radiations: From Field to Genomic Studies Scott A. Hodges Nathan J. Derieg 27

3 Genetics and Ecological Speciation Dolph Schluter Gina L. Conte 47

4 Cascades of Convergent Evolution: The Corresponding Evolutionary Histories of Euglenozoans and Dinoflagellates Julius Luke? Brian S. Leander Patrick J. Keeling 65

Part II Artificial Selection, or Adaptation to Human Demands 85

5 From Wild Animals to Domestic Pets, an Evolutionary View of Domestication Carlos A. Driscoll David W. Macdonald Stephen J. O'Brien 89

6 Tracking Footprints of Maize Domestication and Evidence for a Massive Selective Sweep on Chromosome 10 Feng Tian Natalie M. Stevens Edward S. Buckler IV 111

7 Human-Induced Evolution Caused by Unnatural Selection Through Harvest of Wild Animals Fred W. Allendorf Jeffrey J. Hard 129

8 In the Light of Directed Evolution: Pathways of Adaptive Protein Evolution Jesse D. Bloom Frances H. Arnold 149

Part III Sexual Selection, or Adaptation to Mating Demands 165

9 Mate Choice and Sexual Selection: What Have We Learned Since Darwin? Adam G. Jones Nicholas L. Ratterman 169

10 Sexual Selection and Mating Systems Stephen M. Shuster 191

11 Reproductive Decisions Under Ecological Constraints: It's About Time Patricia Adair Gowaty Stephen P. Hubbell 213

12 Postcopulatory Sexual Selection: Darwin's Omission and Its Consequences William G. Eberhard 243

Part IV The Darwinian Legacy, 150 Years Later 263

13 Darwin and the Scientific Method Francisco J. Ayala 267

14 The Darwinian Revolution: Rethinking Its Meaning and Significance Michael Ruse 287

15 Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? Elliott Sober 307

16 Darwin's Place in the History of Thought: A Reevaluation Robert J. Richards 329

17 Darwin's "Strange Inversion of Reasoning" Daniel Dennett 343

References 355

Index 399

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