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Evolution The Extended Synthesis

ISBN-10: 0262513676
ISBN-13: 9780262513678
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

In the six decades since the publication of Julian Huxley's Evolution: The Modern Synthesis, the spectacular empirical advances in the biological sciences have been accompanied by equally significant developments within the core theoretical framework of the discipline. As a result, evolutionary theory today includes concepts and even entire new fields that were not part of the foundational structure of the Modern Synthesis. In this volume, sixteen leading evolutionary biologists and philosophers of science survey the conceptual changes that have emerged since Huxley's landmark publication, not only in such traditional domains of evolutionary biology as quantitative genetics and paleontology but also in such new fields of research as genomics and EvoDevo. Most of the contributors to Evolution The Extended Synthesisaccept many of the tenets of the classical framework but want to relax some of its assumptions and introduce significant conceptual augmentations of the basic Modern Synthesis structure—just as the architects of the Modern Synthesis themselves expanded and modulated previous versions of Darwinism. This continuing revision of a theoretical edifice the foundations of which were laid in the middle of the nineteenth century—the reexamination of old ideas, proposals of new ones, and the synthesis of the most suitable—shows us how science works, and how scientists have painstakingly built a solid set of explanations for what Darwin called the "grandeur" of life. Contributors: John Beatty, Werner Callebaut, Jeremy Draghi, Chrisantha Fernando, Sergey Gavrilets, John C. Gerhart, Eva Jablonka, David Jablonski, Marc W. Kirschner, Marion J. Lamb, Alan C. Love, Gerd B. Muller, Stuart A. Newman, John Odling-Smee, Massimo Pigliucci, Michael Purugganan, Eors Szathmary, Gunter P. Wagner, David Sloan Wilson, Gregory A. Wray

Gerd B. M�ller is Professor of Theoretical Biology at the University of Vienna and Chairman ofthe Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research. He is a coeditor ofOrigination of Organismal Form (MIT Press, 2003) and ModelingBiology (MIT Press, 2007).

Preface
Introduction
Elements of an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
Variation and Selection
Reconsidering the Importance of Chance Variation
High-Dimensional Fitness Landscapes and Speciation
Multilevel Selection and Major Transitions
Evolving Genomes
Integrating Genomics into Evolutionary Theory
Complexities in Genome Structure and Evolution
Inheritance and Replication
Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance
Niche Inheritance
Chemical, Neuronal, and Linguistic Replicators
Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Facilitated Variation
Dynamical Patterning Modules
Epigenetic Innovation
Macroevolution and Evolvability
Origination Patterns and Multilevel Processes in Macroevolution
Phenotypic Plasticity
Evolution of Evolvability
Philosophical Dimensions
Rethinking the Structure of Evolutionary Theory for an Extended Synthesis
The Dialectics of Dis/Unity in the Evolutionary Synthesis and Its Extensions
Contributors
Index

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