Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

by Brian K. Hall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674022408

ISBN-13: 9780674022409

Pub. Date: 09/01/2006

Publisher: Harvard

The new field of evolutionary developmental biology is one of the most exciting areas of contemporary biology. The fundamental principle of evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo") is that evolution acts through inherited changes in the development of the organism. "Evo-devo" is not merely a fusion of the fields of developmental and evolutionary biology, the

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The new field of evolutionary developmental biology is one of the most exciting areas of contemporary biology. The fundamental principle of evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo") is that evolution acts through inherited changes in the development of the organism. "Evo-devo" is not merely a fusion of the fields of developmental and evolutionary biology, the grafting of a developmental perspective onto evolutionary biology, or the incorporation of an evolutionary perspective into developmental biology. Evo-devo strives for a unification of genomic, developmental, organismal, population, and natural selection approaches to evolutionary change. It draws from development, evolution, paleontology, ecology, and molecular and systematic biology, but has its own set of questions, approaches, and methods.

Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology is the first comprehensive reference work for this expanding field. Covering more than fifty central terms and concepts in entries written by leading experts, Keywords offers an overview of all that is embraced by this new subdiscipline of biology, providing the core insights and ideas that show how embryonic development relates to life-history evolution, adaptation, and responses to and integration with environmental factors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674022409
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Harvard University Press Reference Library Series, #23
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.87(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Evolutionary Developmental Mechanisms
Animal Phyla1
Atavism10
Behavioral Development and Evolution14
Canalization and Genetic Assimilation23
Cell Determination and Differentiation30
Cell Types, Numbers, and Body Plan Complexity35
Conserved Early Embryonic Stages43
Constraint52
Development, Evolution, and Evolutionary Developmental Biology61
Developmental Genetics68
Developmental Mechanisms: Animal74
Developmental Processes That Generate Plant Form83
Developmental Systems Theory94
Direct Development97
Embryonic Induction102
Environment108
Epigenesis and Epigenetics114
Evolution of Plant Body Plans and Allometry124
Evolvability133
Fossils and Paleobiology137
Gene Regulation145
Genome Size152
Germ Cells and Germ Plasm155
Growth161
Hierarchy169
Homeotic Genes in Animals174
Homeotic Genes in Flowering Plants184
Homology and Homoplasy191
Inheritance: Extragenomic201
Inheritance: Genomic209
Innovation218
Larvae and Larval Evolution228
Life History Evolution234
Lineages: Cell and Phyletic243
Micro-, Macro-, and Megaevolution249
Modularity260
Morphology268
Ontogenetic Integration of Form and Function275
Phenotype and Genotype279
Phenotypic Plasticity288
Phylogeny298
Phylotype and Zootype309
Regeneration in the Metazoa318
Segmentation326
Selection: Units and Levels in Developing Systems332
Space, Time, and Repatterning341
Speciation349
Time358
Variation368
References379
Contributors457
Acknowledgments461
Index463

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