Tempo and Mode in Evolution: Genetics and Paleontology 50 Years After Simpson / Edition 1

Tempo and Mode in Evolution: Genetics and Paleontology 50 Years After Simpson / Edition 1

by Walter M. Fitch
     
 

Since George Gaylord Simpson published Tempo and Mode in Evolution in 1944, discoveries in paleontology and genetics have abounded. This volume brings together the findings and insights of today's leading experts in the study of evolution, including Ayala, W. Ford Doolittle, and Stephen Jay Gould.
The volume examines early cellular evolution, exploresSee more details below

Overview

Since George Gaylord Simpson published Tempo and Mode in Evolution in 1944, discoveries in paleontology and genetics have abounded. This volume brings together the findings and insights of today's leading experts in the study of evolution, including Ayala, W. Ford Doolittle, and Stephen Jay Gould.
The volume examines early cellular evolution, explores changes in the tempo of evolution between the Precambrian and Phanerozoic periods, and reconstructs the Cambrian evolutionary burst. Long-neglected despite Darwin's interest in it, species extinction is discussed in detail.
Although the absence of data kept Simpson from exploring human evolution in his book, the current volume covers morphological and genetic changes in human populations, contradicting the popular claim that all modern humans descend from a single woman.
This book discusses the role of molecular clocks, the results of evolution in 12 populations of Escherichia coli propagated for 10,000 generations, a physical map of Drosophila chromosomes, and evidence for "hitchhiking" by mutations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309051910
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/26/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

1Tempo, Mode, the Progenote, and the Universal Root3
2Phylogeny from Function: The Origin of tRNA Is in Replication, not Translation25
3Disparate Rates, Differing Fates: Tempo and Mode of Evolution Changed from the Precambrian to the Phanerozoic41
4Proterozoic and Early Cambrian Protists: Evidence for Accelerating Evolutionary Tempo63
5Late Precambrian Bilaterians: Grades and Clades87
6The Role of Extinction in Evolution109
7Tempo and Mode in the Macroevolutionary Reconstruction of Darwinism125
8Morphological Evolution Through Complex Domains of Fitness145
9Tempo and Mode in Human Evolution169
10Molecular Genetics of Speciation and Human Origins187
11Rates and Patterns of Chloroplast DNA Evolution215
12The Superoxide Dismutase Molecular Clock Revisited235
13Dynamics of Adaptation and Diversification: A 10,000-Generation Experiment with Bacterial Populations253
14Explaining Low Levels of DNA Sequence Variation in Regions of the Drosophila Genome with Low Recombination Rates275
15The History of a Genetic System287
16Genome Structure and Evolution in Drosophila: Applications of the Framework P1 Map299
Index315

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