180 pages, 42 illus
Based on the authors' highly successful The Major Transitions in Evolution, this book is a new treatise on evolution and the transference of information. During evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These include the origin of genes, the genetic code, cells, multicellular animals and plants, animal societies and language. The evolution of increased complexity depended upon these transitions. This highly original and accessible book describes these transitions and how they came about.
'I can recommend this book as a thoroughly interesting read' Biologist
"Moving speedily from epoch to epoch, fueled by a few important concepts (such as the division of labor) and explaining all the genetics they use, Smith and Szathmary show just how difficult it has been to evolve complex organisms whose genes cooperate rather than compete'.... Compact, dense, formidable yet accessible, this book exposes readers to the cutting edge in theoretical evolutionary biology."--Publishers Weekly
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