The Theory of Evolution / Edition 3

The Theory of Evolution / Edition 3

by John Maynard Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521451280

ISBN-13: 9780521451284

Pub. Date: 07/28/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

All living plants and animals, including man, are the modified descendants of one or a few simple living things. A hundred years ago Darwin and Wallace in their theory of natural selection, or the survival of the fittest, explained how evolution could have happened, in terms of processes known to take place today. In this book John Maynard Smith describes how their

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All living plants and animals, including man, are the modified descendants of one or a few simple living things. A hundred years ago Darwin and Wallace in their theory of natural selection, or the survival of the fittest, explained how evolution could have happened, in terms of processes known to take place today. In this book John Maynard Smith describes how their theory has been confirmed, but at the same time transformed, by recent research, and in particular by the discovery of the laws of inheritance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521451284
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1993
Series:
Canto Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures; Preface; Preface to the second edition; Preface to the third edition; Foreword to the Canto edition by Richard Dawkins; Introduction to the Canto edition; 1. Adaptation; 2. The theory of natural selection; 3. Heredity; 4. Weismann, Lamarck and the central dogma; 5. Molecular evolution; 6. The origin and early evolution of life; 7. The structure of chromosomes and the control of gene action; 8. Variation; 9. Artificial selection: some experiments with fruitflies; 10. Natural selection in wild populations; 11. Protein polymorphism; 12. Altruism, social behaviour and sex; 13. What are species?; 14. The origins of species; 15. What keeps species distinct?; 16. The genetics of species differences; 17. The fossil evidence; 18. Evolution and development; 19. Evolution and history; Further reading; Index.

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