Evolution A Developmental Approach

ISBN-10: 1405186585
ISBN-13: 9781405186582
Edition: 2010
Authors: Wallace Arthur
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 12/31/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2

Preface
Foundations
Introduction
From Darwin to Development
Development; and Evolutionary Changes in Development
Development and the Realm of Multicellularity
What is Evo-Devo?
Forerunners of Evo-Devo
Nineteenth-Century Comparative Embryology
Diverse Antecedents-1900-1980
Conclusions from History; Messages for the Present
The Advent of Evo-Devo in the 1980s
Broad and Narrow Views of Evo-Devo
Too Few Laws, Too Many Facts?
Development, Cells and Molecules
Analysing the Developing Organism
Cells and Development: The Basics
Genes: Structure, Expression and Developmental Function
Signalling Pathways Within and Between Cells
Signalling: From Cell to Embryo
Long-Range Signalling and Developmental Processes
Natural Populations
The Ecological Theatre and the Evolutionary Play
Types of Creature; Types of Population
Spatial Structure
Age Structure
Genetic Structure
Natural Selection
Developmental Repatterning
Mutation and Developmental Repatterning
Mutation in Terms of Altered DNA Sequence
Mutation in Terms of Proximate Functional Consequences
Developmental Repatterning at Molecular and Higher Levels
Developmental Repatterning at the Level of the Whole Organism
Developmental Repatterning and Fitness
Heterochrony
What is Heterochrony?
Types and Levels of Heterochrony
Heterochrony at the Organismic Level
Heterochrony at the Molecular Level
Heterochrony and Fitness
Heterotopy
What is Heterotopy?
Heterotopic Processes Involving Left-Right Asymmetry
Heterotopic Processes Involving the A-P and D-V Axes
Other Types of Heterotopy
Concluding Remarks
Heterometry
What is Heterometry?
Increasing Relative Size
Decreasing Relative Size
Bi-directional Heterometry
Heterometric Compensation
Heterotypy
What is Heterotypy?
Altered Products of Developmental Genes
Altered Pigmentation
Altered Morphology and the Origin of Novelty
The Origin of New Cell Types
The Integrative Nature of Repatterning
Repatterning is a Complex Process
Different Kinds of Repatterning can Produce a Similar Result
Compound Repatterning at a Single Level of Organisation
The Kind of Repatterning can Change Between Levels of Organisation
Categories and Subcategories of Repatterning
The Causes of Repatterning
Mapping Repatterning to Trees
Pattern, Process, Homology and Trees
The Origin(s) of Animal Segmentation
The Vertebrate Fin-to-Limb Transition
The Origin of Flowers
General Conclusions on Repatterning and Selection
The Direction of Evolution
Adaptation, Coadaptation and Exaptation
Natural Selection on a Continuously Variable Character
Natural Selection on Two Characters; and the Idea of an Adaptive Landscape
Developmental and Functional Coadaptation
Morphological Geometry and Selection
Long-term Evolution and Exaptation
Developmental Bias and Constraint
A Key Question about Evolution's Direction
Making Sure the Question is about Processes, not Terminology
Dependence versus Independence of Different Characters
Evo-Devo Meets Quantitative Genetics
Developmental Bias and 'Routine' Evolution
Developmental Bias and the Origin of Evolutionary Novelties
Developmental Genes and Evolution
The Direction of Evolution at the Developmental/Genetic Level
Developmental Genes: An Overview
Developmental Genes: Examples
The Hox Genes
Gene-Level Forms of Developmental Bias and Coadaptation
Changes in Regulatory versus Coding Regions of Genes
Gene Co-option as an Evolutionary Mechanism
What is Gene Co-option?
Co-option in the Evolution of Segments and Eyes
Appendage Evolution and Gene Co-option
Co-option in the Evolution of Zygomorphic Flowers
Evolution of the 'Genetic Toolkit'
Co-option, Exaptation and Developmental Bias
Developmental Plasticity and Evolution
Types of Developmental Plasticity
Discrete Variants: Winged and Wingless Forms of Insects
Meristic Variation: the Number of Segments in Centipedes
Continuous Variation: Plant Growth
Plasticity and Developmental Genes
The Evolution of Patterns of Plasticity
The Origin of Species, Novelties and Body Plans
Is Evolution Scale-dependent?
Speciation
The Origin of Novelties
Body Plans I: Overview
Body Plans II: the Origin of the Vertebrates
Body Plans III: the 'Cambrian Explosion'
The Evolution of Complexity
Defining Complexity
The Lack of a 'Law of Increasing Complexity'
Increases in the Complexity of Adults
Changes in the Complexity of Life-histories
Complexity at the Molecular Level
Conclusions
Key Concepts and Connections
Introduction: From Original Idea to Mature Scientific Discipline
A List of The Book's Main Points, and the Emergence of Key Concepts
How do They Inter-Connect?
Prospects
Introduction: From the Present into the Future
Molecular Evo-Devo
Integrative Evo-Devo and General Evolutionary Theory
Wider Challenges
Glossary
A Little Bit of History
Naming of Genes and Proteins
Geological Time
Inferring Evolutionary Trees from Comparative Data
References
Index

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