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The Neutral Theory of Molecular Evolution

By: M Kimura

367 pages, 58 line figures

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jan 1985 | #4906 | ISBN: 0521317932
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Details the author's controversial theory that the great majority of evolutionary changes at the molecular level are caused not by Darwinian selection but by random drift of selectively neutral mutants.

' ... a book which will rank with The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection and The Causes of Evolution as a milestone in evolutionary biology.' Nature 'I have enjoyed the book immensely. It is argumentatively written, but always with fair presentation of the other side.' Bid Essays '... a work of great significance, which should be read by everyone with a serious interest in evolution.' New Scientist '... this book is a major contribution to the field.' The Times Higher Education Supplement


Preface; Introduction; 1. From Lamarck to population genetics; 2. Overdevelopment of the synthetic theory and the proposal of the neutral theory; 3. The neutral mutation-random drift hypothesis as an evolutionary paradigm; 4. Molecular evolutionary rates contrasted with phenotypic evolutionary rates; 5. Some features of molecular evolution; 6. Definition, types and action of natural selection; 7. Molecular structure, selective constraint and the rate of evolution; 8. Population genetics at the molecular level; 9. Maintenance of genetic variability at the molecular level; 10. Summary and conclusion; References; Indexes.

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