Keywords & Concepts In Evolutionary Developmental Biology

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Overview

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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With the recent explosion of interest in evolutionary developmental biology, fueled by advances in molecular analysis, this work arrives at an extremely important time...Chapters are thoughtfully written by an extraordinarily wide range of scientists from nearly every perspective of evolution and development.
— K. Crawford

Choice - K. Crawford
With the recent explosion of interest in evolutionary developmental biology, fueled by advances in molecular analysis, this work arrives at an extremely important time...Chapters are thoughtfully written by an extraordinarily wide range of scientists from nearly every perspective of evolution and development.
Choice
With the recent explosion of interest in evolutionary developmental biology, fueled by advances in molecular analysis, this work arrives at an extremely important time...Chapters are thoughtfully written by an extraordinarily wide range of scientists from nearly every perspective of evolution and development.
— K. Crawford
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674022409
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,023,680
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian K. Hall is University Research Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University.

Wendy M. Olson is Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. She is a former Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Evolutionary Developmental Mechanisms
Animal Phyla 1
Atavism 10
Behavioral Development and Evolution 14
Canalization and Genetic Assimilation 23
Cell Determination and Differentiation 30
Cell Types, Numbers, and Body Plan Complexity 35
Conserved Early Embryonic Stages 43
Constraint 52
Development, Evolution, and Evolutionary Developmental Biology 61
Developmental Genetics 68
Developmental Mechanisms: Animal 74
Developmental Processes That Generate Plant Form 83
Developmental Systems Theory 94
Direct Development 97
Embryonic Induction 102
Environment 108
Epigenesis and Epigenetics 114
Evolution of Plant Body Plans and Allometry 124
Evolvability 133
Fossils and Paleobiology 137
Gene Regulation 145
Genome Size 152
Germ Cells and Germ Plasm 155
Growth 161
Hierarchy 169
Homeotic Genes in Animals 174
Homeotic Genes in Flowering Plants 184
Homology and Homoplasy 191
Inheritance: Extragenomic 201
Inheritance: Genomic 209
Innovation 218
Larvae and Larval Evolution 228
Life History Evolution 234
Lineages: Cell and Phyletic 243
Micro-, Macro-, and Megaevolution 249
Modularity 260
Morphology 268
Ontogenetic Integration of Form and Function 275
Phenotype and Genotype 279
Phenotypic Plasticity 288
Phylogeny 298
Phylotype and Zootype 309
Regeneration in the Metazoa 318
Segmentation 326
Selection: Units and Levels in Developing Systems 332
Space, Time, and Repatterning 341
Speciation 349
Time 358
Variation 368
References 379
Contributors 457
Acknowledgments 461
Index 463
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