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Progress and Prospects in Evolutionary Biology: The Drosophila Model

Series: Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution (OSEE)

By: Jeffrey R Powell

562 pages, 133 illus, figs, 131 tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Nov 1997 | #67073 | ISBN: 0195076915
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About this book

The extensive of the use of the fruit fly in evolutionary studies has resulted in an explosion of knowledge which has not previously been gathered into a single volume. Spanning the full range of evolutionary studies - population genetics, ecology, ecological genetics, speciation, phylogenetics, genome evolution, molecular evolution and development - this book highlights empirical results from studies of drosophila which illuminate general evolutionary trends and patterns. Current gaps in the field are noted throughout.

"The author provides a comprehensive review of the enormous evolutionary literature concerned with genus Drosophila. Although he laments the fact that only 1,750 out of the existing 60,000 papers on the subject are cited in his book, it is quite obvious that any attempt at more complete coverage would produce an unreadable book. As it is, the book is highly readable and very useful. It can be consulted for things as diverse as per locus mutation rates, patterns of DNA-DNA hybridization, breeding ecology, reproductive isolation, phylogenetics, and developmental biology of various Drosophila species. Presentation, although rigorous, is accessible to students who have successfully grasped the material from an introductory course on evolution. An interesting upper-level undergraduate course could be based on this book, since applying very different aspects of evolutionary biology to the same genus seems to be a good pedagogical approach."--The Quarterly Review of Biology


1. Introduction and Overview; 2. Population Genetics - Genes; 3. Population Genetics - Inversions; 4. Population Genetics - Laboratory Studies; 6. Ecological Genetics; 7. Speciation; 8. Phylogenetics; 9. Genome Evolution; 10. Molecular Evolution; 11. Development and Evolution; 12. Retrospective and Prospective

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