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About this book
About this book
This updated edition has been greatly expanded to include all of the major advances and is now an integrated text on modern developmental biology with an evolutionary perspective. Postgraduate researchers, as well as undergraduates, are well served by this text.
Part 1 Evolution and development, phyla and fossils: evolution and development - terms and concepts; types of animals - kingdoms, phyla, relationships; fossils of the Burgess Shale. Part 2 Form and function, embryos and evolution, inheritance systems: types and the Geoffroy-Cuvier debates - a crossroads in evolutionary morphology; embryological archetypes and homology - establishing evolutionary embryology; Bauplane, constraints and basic phases of development; inheritance systems - zygotic, maternal, epigenetic. Part 3 Embryos in development : model organisms, conserved stages and processes; where generations converge - germ lines and body plans; building vertebrate embryos - heads and tails; building organ systems; integrating organ systems, developmental canalization and asymmetry. Part 4 Embryos in evolution: innovation, novelty and the origin of multicellularity; complexity and the origin of the metazoan; chordate and vertebrate origins and diversification; transition in animal evolution; integrated change in vertebrate evolution. Part 5 Embryos, environment and evolution: evolution as the control of development by ecology; evolution, genetic variability and the environment; a quantitative genetics model for morphological change in development and evolution. Part 6 Development evolves: development evolves - the dilemma for homology; ontogeny evolves - the dilemma for larvae. Part 7 Patterns and processes, time and place: time and place in development; time and place in evolution - heterochrony and heterotopy. Part 8 Principles and processes: evolutionary developmental biology - principles and processes.