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

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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.

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 Francisco J. Ayala, W. Ford Doolittle, and Stephen Jay Gould. It covers morphological and genetic changes in human populations, contradicting the popular claim that modern humans descend from a single woman.

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Sixteen papers from the January 1994 National Academy of Science's Colloquium commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of G.G. Simpson's Tempo and Mode in Evolution. Contributors agree that Simpson was brilliant in recognizing paleontology's access to theory, and propose new domains for macroevolutionary theory. Subjects include early cellular evolution, changes in tempo of evolution between the Precambrian and Phanerozoic periods, species extinction, and morphological and genetic changes in human populations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309051910
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/26/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Tempo, Mode, the Progenote, and the Universal Root 3
2 Phylogeny from Function: The Origin of tRNA Is in Replication, not Translation 25
3 Disparate Rates, Differing Fates: Tempo and Mode of Evolution Changed from the Precambrian to the Phanerozoic 41
4 Proterozoic and Early Cambrian Protists: Evidence for Accelerating Evolutionary Tempo 63
5 Late Precambrian Bilaterians: Grades and Clades 87
6 The Role of Extinction in Evolution 109
7 Tempo and Mode in the Macroevolutionary Reconstruction of Darwinism 125
8 Morphological Evolution Through Complex Domains of Fitness 145
9 Tempo and Mode in Human Evolution 169
10 Molecular Genetics of Speciation and Human Origins 187
11 Rates and Patterns of Chloroplast DNA Evolution 215
12 The Superoxide Dismutase Molecular Clock Revisited 235
13 Dynamics of Adaptation and Diversification: A 10,000-Generation Experiment with Bacterial Populations 253
14 Explaining Low Levels of DNA Sequence Variation in Regions of the Drosophila Genome with Low Recombination Rates 275
15 The History of a Genetic System 287
16 Genome Structure and Evolution in Drosophila: Applications of the Framework P1 Map 299
Index 315
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