Lamarck's Revenge: How Epigenetics Is Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Evolution's Past and Present

Lamarck's Revenge: How Epigenetics Is Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Evolution's Past and Present

by Peter Ward

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632866158
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 196,369
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Peter Ward, Ph.D. is a paleontologist and astrobiologist whose most recent book is A New History of Life, with coauthor Joe Kirschvink. Ward’s Rare Earth, coauthored with Don Brownlee, was named by Discover Magazine as one of the ten most important science books of the year and his Gorgon was awarded a Washington State Governor’s Book Award. He has appeared often on the Art Bell Coast to Coast radio program and on Science Friday with Ira Flatow. Ward lives in Washington State.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Jurassic Park of Nevada ix

Introduction: Looking Back 1

Chapter I From God to Science 8

Chapter II Lamarck to Darwin 23

Chapter III From Darwin to the New (Modern) Synthesis 34

Chapter IV Epigenetics and the Newer Synthesis 51

Chapter V The Best of Times, the Worst of Times-in Deep Time 80

Chapter VI Epigenetics and the Origin and Diversification of Life 94

Chapter VII Epigenetics and the Cambrian Explosion 111

Chapter VIII Epigenetic Processes Before and After Mass Extinctions 124

Chapter IX The Best and Worst of Times in Human History 145

Chapter X Epigenetics and Violence 163

Chapter XI Can Famine and Food Change Our DNA? 180

Chapter XII The Heritable Legacy of Pandemic Diseases 190

Chapter XIII The Chemical Present 199

Chapter XIV Future Biotic Evolution in the CRISPR-Cas9 World 211

Epilogue: Looking Forward 225

Notes 235

Index 261

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