Sex and Evolution. (MPB-8)

Sex and Evolution. (MPB-8)

by George Christopher Williams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691081522

ISBN-13: 9780691081526

Pub. Date: 03/01/1975

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book explores the relationship between various types of reproduction and the evolutionary process. Starting with the concept of meiosis, George C. Williams states the conditions under which an organism with both sexual and asexual reproductive capacities will employ each mode. He argues that in low-fecundity higher organisms, sexual reproduction is generally

Overview

This book explores the relationship between various types of reproduction and the evolutionary process. Starting with the concept of meiosis, George C. Williams states the conditions under which an organism with both sexual and asexual reproductive capacities will employ each mode. He argues that in low-fecundity higher organisms, sexual reproduction is generally maladaptive, and persists because there is no ready means of developing an asexual alternative.

The book then considers the evolutionary development of diverse forms of sexuality, such as anisogamy, hermaphroditism. and the evolution of differences between males and females in reproductive strategy. The final two chapters examine the effect of genetic recombination on the evolutionary process itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691081526
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1975
Series:
Monographs in Population Biology Series
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.62(d)

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