Evolution

ISBN-10: 0879696842
ISBN-13: 9780879696849
Edition: 2007
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List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication date: 6/26/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 833
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.586
Language: English

This extensively illustrated, full-color textbook is divided into five sections: Introduction: discusses the key experiments and ideas in the development of molecular biology and provides an account of the development of the ideas underpinning evolutionary theory. Origin and Diversity of Life: describes the history of life on earth from the origin of life to the evolution of humans, with emphasis on the major transitions in genetic organization, novel adaptations, and the diversity of life. The impact of molecular biology is clearly presented, with chapters that make extensive use of up-to-date insights gained from complete genome sequences and the molecular mechanisms of developmental biology. Evolutionary Processes: describes the evolutionary processes that account for the diversity of life: how variation arises and how selection acts on it are considered in detail. Many examples used to illustrate the theory are drawn from molecular sources. Human Evolution: discusses human evolution and diversity. The benefits molecular markers have conferred on the understanding of human evolution are highlighted and integrated with paleontological evidence. Methods and Tools: deals with techniques and models used in studying evolutionary biology, emphasizing the contribution of molecular biology and genomics to the phylogenetic reconstruction methods described.

About the Authors
Preface
Aim and Scope of the Book
Evolutionary Biology Describes the History of Life and Explains Why Organisms Are the Way They Are
Evolutionary Biology Is a Valuable Tool
Molecular Biology and Evolutionary Biology Are Overlapping Fields of Study
An Overview of Evolutionary Biology
The History of Evolutionary Biology: Evolution and Genetics
A Brief Summary of Modern Genetics and Evolution
Evolution before Darwin
Charles Darwin
The Eclipse of Natural Selection
The Evolutionary Synthesis
The Origin of Molecular Biology
The Beginnings of Molecular Biology
Evolutionary and Molecular Biology: A New Synthesis?
Evidence for Evolution
Evidence for Evolution
Objections to Evolution
Science and Society
The Origin and Diversification of Life
The Origin of Life
When Did Life Begin on Earth?
How Did Life Begin on Earth?
The Last Universal Common Ancestor and the Tree of Life
Tracing Early Evolutionary History
Universal Homologies, LUCA, and the Tree of Life
Diversification of Bacteria and Archaea. I: Phylogeny and Biology
Introduction to the Bacteria and Archaea
Phylogenetic Diversification of Bacteria and Archaea
Biological Diversification of Bacteria and Archaea
Diversification of Bacteria and Archaea. II: Genetics and Genomics
The Nature of Archaeal and Bacterial Genomes
Lateral Transfer of DNA
The Origin and Diversification of Eukaryotes
Introduction to the Eukaryotes
Endosymbioses Have Played a Key Role in the Evolution of Eukaryotes
Structure and Evolution of the Nuclear Genome
Eukaryotic Diversification
Multicellularity and Development
How Multicellularity Happens
Division of Labor through Differentiation
Diversity of Body Plans
Genetics of Building a Body Plan
Diversification of Plants and Animals
Fossilization and Geological Time
The Flow of the Evolution of Life-forms
The Next 500 Million Years-Life Since the Cambrian Period
Patterns of Evolution
Evolution of Developmental Programs
Anterior-Posterior Patterning: Hox Gene Regulation of Development
Hox Genes Are Shown to Be Involved in Evolutionary Change
Skeletal Evolution in Sticklebacks
Evolution of Maize from Teosinte
Universality of Developmental Systems
Evolutionary Processes
Generation of Variation by Mutation and Recombination
Mutations and Mechanisms for Their Generation
Protection, Prevention, and Correction Mechanisms Limit the Number of Mutations Caused by DNA Damage and Replication Errors
Rates and Patterns of Mutations
Generation of Variation by Mixing: Sex and Lateral Gene Transfer
Variation in DNA and Proteins
Genetic Variation
Types of Genetic Variation
Variation in Genetically Complex Traits
Introduction to Quantitative Traits
Analyzing Quantitative Variation
The Genetic Basis of Quantitative Variation
Generation of Quantitative Variation
Random Genetic Drift
Evolution Is a Largely Random Process
Random Drift of Allele Frequencies
Coalescence
The Neutral Theory
Recombination and Random Drift
Population Structure
Gene Flow
Gene Flow Interacts with Other Evolutionary Forces
Genealogies in Structured Populations
Selection on Variation
The Nature of Selection
Selection on Quantitative Traits
Selection on Multiple Genes
The Interaction between Selection and Other Forces
Selection and Random Drift
Selection and Gene Flow
Balancing Selection
Mutation and Selection
Measuring Selection
Direct Measurement of Selection
Indirect Measurement
Selection on Linked Loci
Selection on Noncoding DNA
The Extent of Selection
Phenotypic Evolution
Evolutionary Optimization
Aging
Evolutionary Games
Sexual Selection
Conflict and Cooperation
Social Evolution
Conflict between Genes
Interactions between Relatives
Evolution of Cooperation
Species and Speciation
Defining Species
The Genetics of Speciation
Mechanisms of Speciation
The Geography of Speciation
Evolution of Genetic Systems
Studying the Evolution of Genetic Systems
Evolution of Mutation Rates
Evolution of Sex and Recombination
Consequences of Sex
Evolution of Evolvability
Evolution of Novelty
The Basic Features of Novelty
Changes in the Activity of Gene Products
Changes in Gene Regulation and Interactions within a Network: Targeting, Differentiation, and Development
Redundancy
Robustness, Modularity, and Compartmentalization
Acquiring New Functions from Other Species: Gene Transfer and Symbiosis
Natural Selection over Long Periods of Time Leads to the Origin of Novelty
Human Evolution
Human Evolutionary History
Placing Humans on the Tree of Life
The Evolution of Hominins
Genetics and Human Evolution
Genomics and Humanness
Current Issues in Human Evolution
The Genetic Basis of Disease
Understanding Human Nature
Glossary
Figure Credits
Index

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