206 pages, illustrations
Evolution: Components and Mechanisms introduces the many recent discoveries and insights that have added to the discipline of organic evolution, and combines them with the key topics needed to gain a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of evolution. Each chapter covers an important topic or factor pertinent to a modern understanding of evolutionary theory, allowing easy access to particular topics for either study or review. Many chapters are cross-referenced.
Modern evolutionary theory has expanded significantly within only the past two to three decades. In recent times the definition of a gene has evolved, the definition of organic evolution itself is in need of some modification, the number of known mechanisms of evolutionary change has increased dramatically, and the emphasis placed on opportunity and contingency has increased. Evolution: Components and Mechanisms synthesizes these changes and presents many of the novel topics in evolutionary theory in an accessible and thorough format.
Evolution: Components and Mechanisms is an ideal, up-to-date resource for biologists, geneticists, evolutionary biologists, developmental biologists, and researchers in, as well as students and academics in these areas and professional scientists in many subfields of biology.
"[...] a competent, informed overview of recent developments in the study of the mechanisms of evolutionary change."
– The Quarterly Review of Biology, Evolution
Chapter 1. Evolution
Chapter 2. Natural Selection
Chapter 3. Adaptation
Chapter 4. Competition
Chapter 5. Genetics Basics & Mutations
Chapter 6. Transposable Elements, Viruses, and Genomes
Chapter 7. Horizontal Gene Transfer
Chapter 8. Neutral Evolution
The Redundant Genetic Code
Neutral Nonsilent Mutations
Mutations in Introns
Mutations in Other Noncoding DNA
Some Chromosomal Mutations Can Be Neutral
Chapter 9. Genetic Drift
Chapter 10. Environment
Chapter 11. Development
Chapter 12. Symbiosis
Chapter 13. Speciation
Speciation by Polyploidy
Speciation without Cladogenesis
Chapter 14. Micro- and Macroevolution
Chapter 15. Homology
Chapter 16. Imperfection
Chapter 17. The Fossil Record and the History of Life
Chapter 18. Contingency and Evolution
Chapter 19. Opportunity
Chapter 20. Phylogeny—The Tree of Life
Chapter 21. Progress—Purpose?
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