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Multicellularity: Origins and Evolution

Scholars consider the origins and consequences of the evolution of multicellularity, addressing a range of organisms, experimental protocols, theoretical concepts, and philosophical issues

Series: Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology

By: Karl J Niklas (Editor), Stuart A Newman (Editor), John Tyler Bonner (Foreword By)

302 pages, 54 b/w illustrations

MIT Press

Hardback | Mar 2016 | #227662 | ISBN-13: 9780262034159
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The evolution of multicellularity raises questions regarding genomic and developmental commonalities and discordances, selective advantages and disadvantages, physical determinants of development, and the origins of morphological novelties. It also represents a change in the definition of individuality, because a new organism emerges from interactions among single cells. Multicellularity: Origins and Evolution considers these and other questions, with contributions that explore the origins and consequences of the evolution of multicellularity, addressing a range of topics, organisms, and experimental protocols.

Each section focuses on selected topics or particular lineages that present a significant insight or challenge. The contributors consider the fossil record of the paleontological circumstances in which animal multicellularity evolved; cooptation, recurrent patterns, modularity, and plausible pathways for multicellular evolution in plants; theoretical approaches to the amoebozoa and fungi (cellular slime molds having long provided a robust model system for exploring the evolution of multicellularity), plants, and animals; genomic toolkits of metazoan multicellularity; and philosophical aspects of the meaning of individuality in light of multicellular evolution.

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Karl Niklas is Professor of Plant Biology at Cornell University. Stuart Newman is Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College.

- Maja Adamska
- Argyris Arnellos
- Juan A. Arias
- Eugenio Azpeitia
- Mariana Benítez
- Adriano Bonforti
- John Tyler Bonner
- Peter L. Conlin
- A. Keith Dunker
- Salva Duran-Nebreda
- Ana E. Escalante
- Valeria Hernández-Hernández
- Kunihiko Kaneko
- Andrew H. Knoll
- Stephan G. König
- Daniel J. G. Lahr
- Ottoline Leyser
- Alan C. Love
- Raul Montañez
- Emilio Mora van Cauwelaert
- Alvaro Moreno
- Vidyanand Nanjundiah
- Aurora M. Nedelcu
- Stuart A. Newman
- Karl J. Niklas
- William C. Ratcliff
- Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo
- Ricard Solé

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