By Mary Jane West-Eberhard
the 1st entire synthesis on improvement and evolution: it applies to all features of improvement, in any respect degrees of association and in all organisms, making the most of smooth findings on habit, genetics, endocrinology, molecular biology, evolutionary conception and phylogenetics to teach the connections among developmental mechanisms and evolutionary switch. This e-book solves key difficulties that experience impeded a definitive synthesis long ago. It makes use of new innovations and particular examples to teach the best way to relate environmentally delicate improvement to the genetic idea of adaptive evolution and to give an explanation for significant styles of switch. during this ebook improvement contains not just embryology and the ontogeny of morphology, occasionally portrayed inadequately as ruled through "regulatory genes," but additionally behavioral improvement and physiological variation, the place plasticity is mediated via genetically complicated mechanisms like hormones and studying. The ebook exhibits how the common characteristics of phenotypes--modular association and plasticity--facilitate either integration and alter. the following you'll study why it truly is fallacious to explain organisms as genetically programmed; why environmental induction could be extra very important in evolution than random mutation; and why it's important to contemplate either choice and developmental mechanism in reasons of adaptive evolution. This e-book satisfies the necessity for a really normal e-book on improvement, plasticity and evolution that applies to dwelling organisms in all in their existence levels and environments. utilizing an incredible compendium of examples on many forms of organisms, from viruses and micro organism to better crops and animals, it indicates how the phenotype is reorganized in the course of evolution to provide novelties, and the way replacement phenotypes occupy a pivotal position as a section of evolution that fosters diversification and speeds swap. The arguments of this e-book demand a brand new view of the key subject matters of evolutionary biology, as proven in chapters on gradualism, homology, environmental induction, speciation, radiation, macroevolution, punctuation, and the upkeep of intercourse. No different therapy of improvement and evolution seeing that Darwin's deals this sort of finished and significant dialogue of the suitable matters. Developmental Plasticity and Evolution is designed for biologists attracted to the improvement and evolution of habit, life-history styles, ecology, body structure, morphology and speciation. it is going to additionally entice evolutionary paleontologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and lecturers of common biology.