Adaptation and Natural Selection A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought

ISBN-10: 0691026157

ISBN-13: 9780691026152

Edition: 1996 (Revised)

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Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. HisAdaptation and Natural Selection,now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 6/2/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface (1996)
Preface
Introduction
Natural Selection, Adaptation, and Progress
Natural Selection, Ecology and Morphogenesis
Group Selection
Adaptations of the Genetic System
Reproductive Physiology and Behavior
Social Adaptations
Other Supposedly Group-Related Adaptations
The Scientific Study of Adaptation
Literature Cited
Index
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