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Heterochrony, defined as changes in the rate and timing of development in organisms, has been a dominant theme in the explosion of interest of evolution and development. This book explores beyond heterochrony for the links between evolutionary and developmental processes, as well as the origins of morphological diversity.
Foreword (Brian K. Hall). Preface. Contributors. 1. The Developmental Basis of Morphological Disarmament in Prunum (Neogastropoda: Marginellidae) (Ross H. Nehm). 2. Ontogenetic Sequences: Homology, Evolution, and the Patterning of Clade Diversity (Larry Hufford). 3. A Detailed Scenario and Possible Tests of the Mostly Male Theory of Flower Evolutionary Origins (Michael W. Frohlich). 4. Allometric Patterning in Trilobite Ontogeny: Testing for Heterochrony in Nephrolenellus (Mark Webster, H. David Sheets, and Nigel C. Hughes). 5. The Spatial Complexity and Evolutionary Dynamics of Growth (Miriam Leah Zelditch, H. David Sheets, and William L. Fink). 6. Spatial and Temporal Growth Patterns in the Phenotypically Variable Littorina saxatilis: Surprising Patterns Emerge from Chaos (Robert Guralnick and James Kurpius). 7. Pigment Patterns of Ectothermic Vertebrates: Heterochronic vs. Nonheterochronic Models for Pigment Pattern Evolution (David M. Parichy). 8. Testing the Hypothesis of Heterochrony in Morphometric Data: Lessons from a Bivalved Mollusk (Peter D. Roopnarine). 9. Testing Modularity and Dissociation: The Evolution of Regional Proportions in Snakes (P. David Polly, Jason J. Head, and Martin J. Cohn). 10. Novel Features of Tetrapod Limb Development in Two Nontraditional Model Species: A Skink and a Direct--Developing Frog (Michael D. Shapiro and Timothy F. Carl) Index.
...contains excellent reviews of the assumptions and mathematical bases that underlie heterochrony analyses... (Evolutionary Anthropology) "...biologists here consider that for too long [heterochrony] has been thought of as the single significant mechanism..." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 26, No. 2, June 2002) "...a valuable contribution because of its wide compass and unfamiliar examples..." (British Society for Developmental Biology) "...provides a valuable set of case studies that attempt to approach the concept of heterochrony rigorously..." (Heredity, 2003)