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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262034159
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/12/2016
Series: Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 1,294,594
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Karl Niklas is Professor of Plant Biology at Cornell University.


Stuart Newman is Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College.


Karl Niklas is Professor of Plant Biology at Cornell University.


Stuart Newman is Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College.


Gerd B. Müller, is Professor of Zoology and Head of the Department of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna and President of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research.

Table of Contents

Dedication: Werner Callebaut vii

Series Foreword ix

Foreword: The Evolution of Multicellularity John Tyler Bonner xi

Preface xxi

I Functional and Molecular Predispositions to Multicellularity 1

1 Fossils, Feeding, and the Evolution of Complex Multicellularity Andrew H. Knoll Daniel J. G. Lahr 3

2 Alternative Splicing, Intrinsically Disordered Proteins, Calmodulin, and the Evolution of Multicellularity Karl J. Niklas A. Keith Dunker 17

II Plants and Related Theory 41

3 The Mechanistic Basis for the Evolution of Soma during the Transition to Multicellularity in the Volvocine Algae Stephan G. König Aurora M. Nedelcu 43

4 Physicochemical Factors in the Organization of Multicellular Aggregates and Plants Juan Antonio Arias del Angel Eugenio Azpeitia Mariana Benítez Ana E. Escalante Valeria Hernández-Hernández Emilio Mora Van Cauwelaert 71

5 Angiosperm Multicellularity: The Whole, the Parts, and the Sum Ottoline Leyser 87

III Amoebozoa, Fungi, and Related Theory 103

6 Cellular Slime Mold Development as a Paradigm for the Transition from Unicellular to Multicellular Life Vidyanand Nanjundiah 105

7 Trade-offs Drive the Evolution of Increased Complexity in Nascent Multicellular Digital Organisms Peter L. Conlin William C. Ratcliff 131

8 The Paths to Artificial Multicellularity: From Physics to Evolution Salva Duran-Nebreda Raúl Montañez Adriano Bonforti Ricard Solé 149

IV Metazoa and Related Theory 169

9 What Are the Genomes of Premetazoan Lineages Telling Us about the Origin of Metazoa? Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo 171

10 Sponges as the Rosetta Stone of Colonial-to-Multicellular Transition Maja Adamska 185

11 A Scenario for the Origin of Multicellular Organisms: Perspective from Multilevel Consistency Dynamics Kunihiko Kaneko 201

12 Multicellularity, the Emergence of Animal Body Plans, and the Stabilizing Role of the Egg Stuart A. Newman 225

V Philosophical Aspects of Multicellularity 247

13 Integrating Constitution and Interaction in the Transition from Unicellular to Multicellular Organisms Argyris Amellos Alvaro Moreno 249

14 Explaining the Origins of Multicellularity: Between Evolutionary Dynamics and Developmental Mechanisms Alan C. Love 277

Contributors 297

Index 299

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