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Darwinian Dynamics: Evolutionary Transitions in Fitness and Individuality

By: Richard E Michod

262 pages, Figs, tabs

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Feb 2000 | #105506 | ISBN: 0691050112
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A fresh interpretation of evolution and fitness concepts, with stress placed on genetic change as a determining factor of survival rather than competition and aggression.

Darwinian Dynamics is an excellent and masterful synthesis of the current understanding about how evolutionary principles work at the various levels of biological organization... Much like Einstein's theories of relativity extended classical mechanics, Michod's multi-selection theory is an extension of classical selection theory... Well produced and current... Michod has written what should be a classic for decades to come. -- Norman A. Johnson Bioscience Individuality and fitness, two of the most fundamental concepts in evolutionary theory, are anything but simple. Theoretical biologist Richard Michod reviews and extends the state of the art for these subjects in Darwinian Dynamics... [These are] some of the most exciting advances in modern biology from one of its most able practitioners. -- David Sloan Wilson Human Biology


Preface Acknowledgments CHAPTER 1 The Language of Selection Plan of the Book Darwinian Dynamics Major Evolutionary Transitions Cooperation and Conflict Fisherian Fitness Deconstructing Fitness Selection as Fitness Covariance Mathematical Models Adequacy Criterion for Understanding Fitness Definitions of Basic Concepts CHAPTER 2 Origin of Fitness Complementarity Spontaneous Creation Self-Replication and the Origin of Fitness Replicator Dynamics Design Analysis of Molecular Replicator Life History Evolution Survival of the Fittest Survival of Anybody Overview of the Origin of Fitness CHAPTER 3 The First Individuals Origin of Gene Networks Cooperation and Conflict Survival of the First Evolutionary Transitions Are Inherently Nonlinear Origin of Hypercycles Quasispecies Population Structure Kin Selection in Evolutionary Transitions Conflict Mediation through Individuality Further Evolution of the Cell Heritable Capacities of Single Cells Reconsidering Adaptedness and Fitness Early Transitions in Evolution CHAPTER 4 Evolution of Interactions Gene Frequency Change Population Growth Frequency-Dependent Selection Constant Selection Adaptive Topography Frequency Dependence Decouples Fitness in a Selection Hierarchy Selection as Covariance Fisher's Fundamental Theorem Evolution in Hierarchically Structured Populations Evolution of Multicellular Organisms Kin Selection Game Theory Modification of Genetic Constraints Population Dynamics and Natural Selection Fitness Minima Prisoner's Dilemma Spatial Structure and the Evolution of Cooperation The Problem of Frequency Dependence CHAPTER 5 Multilevel Selection of the Organism A Scenario A Model for the Emergence of Organisms Recurrence Equations Within-Organism Mutation Selection Model Mutation Rate Covariance Methods The Risk of Development Increase of Cooperation Level of Cooperation among Cells within Organisms Fitness of Organisms Effect of Sex and Diploidy on the Emerging Organism Strengths and Weaknesses of the Model CHAPTER 6 Rediscovering Individuality Evolutionary Individuals Two-Locus Modifier Model Model Parameters Equilibria of the System Evolution of the Germ Line Evolution of the Mutation Rate Evolution of Self-Policing Evolution of Adult Size Effect of Transition on the Level of Cooperation Increase of Fitness Covariance at Organism Level Heritability of Fitness and the Evolution of Individuality Sex and Individuality Origin of Multicellular Life Transitions in Individuality CHAPTER 7 Fitness Explanations Overview of Fitness and Natural Selection Trading Fitness through Cooperation Kinship and Population Structure Conflict Mediation Reconsidering Fitness The "Tautology Problem" Surrogates for Natural Selection Evolution of Selfing Cost of Sex Immortality, Death, and the Life Cycle Kin Selection of Altruism Heterozygote Superiority Sickle Cell Anemia Darwin's Dilemmas CHAPTER 8 A Philosophy of Fitness Dynamics of Design What Makes Biology Different? Success and Design Long-Term versus Short-Term Measures of Fitness Darwinian Dynamics Natural Selection as a Biological Law Paradigms for Natural Selection Fitness in Darwinian Dynamics The Insufficiency of Individual Fitness Heritability and Natural Selection Schema for Natural Selection The Propensity Interpretation of Fitness Brandon's Approach Heritable Capacities as Components of Design Overall Adaptedness of Organisms Masking of Adaptiveness Are Adaptation Concepts Necessary? F-Fitness and Evolutionary Explanations Explaining Fitness APPENDIX A Supporting Analyses Statistics of Fitness and Selection Equilibria for Modifier Model (G = 0) Cost of Sex in Diploids APPENDIX B Fitness Phrases APPENDIX C Notation Notes References Index

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