The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of Animal Form / Edition 1

The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of Animal Form / Edition 1

by Rudolf A. Raff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226702669

ISBN-13: 9780226702667

Pub. Date: 01/28/1996

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Rudolf Raff is recognized as a pioneer in evolutionary developmental biology. In their 1983 book, Embryos, Genes, and Evolution, Raff and co-author Thomas Kaufman proposed a synthesis of developmental and evolutionary biology. In The Shape of Life, Raff analyzes the rise of this new experimental discipline and lays out new research questions, hypotheses,…  See more details below

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Rudolf Raff is recognized as a pioneer in evolutionary developmental biology. In their 1983 book, Embryos, Genes, and Evolution, Raff and co-author Thomas Kaufman proposed a synthesis of developmental and evolutionary biology. In The Shape of Life, Raff analyzes the rise of this new experimental discipline and lays out new research questions, hypotheses, and approaches to guide its development.

Raff uses the evolution of animal body plans to exemplify the interplay between developmental mechanisms and evolutionary patterns. Animal body plans emerged half a billion years ago. Evolution within these body plans during this span of time has resulted in the tremendous diversity of living animal forms.

Raff argues for an integrated approach to the study of the intertwined roles of development and evolution involving phylogenetic, comparative, and functional biology. This new synthesis will interest not only scientists working in these areas, but also paleontologists, zoologists, morphologists, molecular biologists, and geneticists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226702667
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Edition description:
1
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1Over the Ice for Ontogeny and Phylogeny1
2Metazoan Phyla and Body Plans30
3Deep Time and Metazoan Origins63
4Molecular Phylogeny: Dissecting the Metazoan Radiation103
5Recovering Data from the Past142
6The Developmental Basis of Body Plans173
7Building Similar Animals in Different Ways211
8It's Not All Heterochrony255
9Developmental Constraints292
10Modularity, Dissociation, and Co-option321
11Opportunistic Genomes362
12Evolving New Body Plans387
References435
Index493

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