Form and Function in Developmental Evolution

Form and Function in Developmental Evolution

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Form and Function in Developmental Evolution

This book represents a new effort to understand very old questions about biological form, function, and the relationships between them. The essays collected here reflect the diversity of approaches in evolutionary developmental biology (Evo Devo), including not only studies by prominent scientists whose research focuses on topics concerned with evolution and development, but also historically and conceptually oriented studies that place the scientific work within a larger framework and ask how it can be pushed further. Topics under discussion range from the use of theoretical and empirical biomechanics to understand the evolution of plant form, to detailed studies of the evolution of development and the role of developmental constraints on phenotypic variation. The result is a rich and interdisciplinary volume that will begin a wider conversation about the shape of Evo Devo as it matures as a field.

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ISBN-13: 9780521187589
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/23/2010
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures ix

List of tables xiii

List of contributors xv

List of journal abbreviations xvii

1 Introduction Andrew L. Hamilton Manfred D. Laubichler Jane Maienschein 1

2 Form and function in Evo Devo: historical and conceptual reflections Manfred D. Laubichler 10

3 Deducing plant function from organic form: challenges and pitfalls Karl J. Niklas 47

4 Evolution in the light of embryos: seeking the origins of novelties in ontogeny Rudolf A. Raff Elizabeth C. Raff 83

5 A focus on both form and function in examining selection versus constraint Paul M. Brakefield 112

6 Innovation and diversity in functional morphology Peter C. Wainwright 132

7 The developmental evolution of avian digit homology: an update Güet;nter P. Wagner 153

8 Functional analysis and character transformation Richard A. Richards 176

9 The nature of constraints Roger Sansom 201

10 Toward a mechanistic Evo Devo Andrew L. Hamilton 213

Index 225

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