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Asymmetry, Developmental Stability and Evolution

Series: Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution (OSEE)

By: Anders Pape Möller and John P Swaddle

291 pages, 55 illus

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 1997 | #67053 | ISBN: 019854894X
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Hardback | Dec 1997 | #67052 | ISBN: 0198548958
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Analyses the evolutionary implications of symmetry and argues that symmetry is an indication of genetic stability and fitness, and that symmetric individuals appear to have quantifiable and significant advantages over their asymmetric counterparts. The mechanical functions of symmetry in bilateral structures are explained, and symmetry as an honest signal of quality in a social or sexual situation is discussed, drawing on examples from the animal, bird, and plant worlds.


Ch. 1 - Asymmetries and developmental stability; Ch. 2 - Ontogeny of asymmetry and phenodeviants; Ch. 3 - Developmental stability and mode of selection; Ch. 4 - Adverse environmental conditions and evolution; Ch. 5 - Causes of developmental instability. I. Genetic factors; Ch. 6 - Causes of developmental instability. II. Environmental factors; Ch. 7 - Developmental instability and performance; Ch. 8 - Developmental stability and signalling; Ch. 9 - Developmental stability and fitness

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