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ISBN-10: 0199267944

ISBN-13: 9780199267941

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Mark Ridley

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This anthology contains extracts from more than 60 scientific papers, by authors such as Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, Francis Crick and Jacques Monod. It starts with Charles Darwin, but concentrates on modern research, including genomics. The extracts are organized in sections, enabling the reader to sample a range of views on each topic, and have been chosen for their readability as well as their scientific importance.
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Book details

List price: $72.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.10" wide x 9.17" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

From Darwin to the modern synthesis
Section introduction
Extract from an unpublished work on species, (1858)
Abstract of a letter from C. Darwin, Esq., to Prof. Asa Gray, Boston, USA (1858)
Weismann and modern biology, (1987)
The nature of inheritance (1930)
The roles of mutation, inbreeding, crossbreeding, and selection in evolution (1932)
Disease and evolution (1949)
Natural selection and random drift in populations
Section introduction
A resume of investigations on the evolution of melanism in the Lepidoptera (1958)
Melanic morph frequency in the peppered moth in the Manchester area (1999)
Birth weight and gestation time in relation to maternal age, parity, and infant survival (1951)
Natural selection associated with birth weight: towards the end of the stabilizing component (1992)
Oscillating selection on Darwin's finches (1987)
The paradox of variation (1974)
Recent development of the neutral theory viewed from the Wrightian tradition of theoretical population genetics (1990)
Section introduction
The nature of adaptation (1930)
Adaptation and natural selection (1966)
Adaptation versus selection in progress (1986)
An operational, nonhistorical definition of adaptation (1991)
The genetics of adaptation: a reassessment (1992)
The perfection of animals (1964)
The spandrels of San Marco and the Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme (1979)
The selfish gene (1976)
Speciation and biodiversity
Section introduction
Typological versus population thinking (1958)
Species concepts and their application (1963)
The sterility of hybrids (1859)
Reproductive isolation as a product of genetic divergence and natural selection (1970)
Laboratory experiments on speciation: what have we learned in 40 years? (1993)
The evolutionary genetics of speciation (2000)
Ecological basis of postmating isolation (2000)
Hybrid speciation (1981)
Section introduction
Speciation in the fossil record (1995)
Homology: an unsolved problem (1971)
The ey gene (1996)
Molecules and morphology: where's the homology? (1995)
The fundamental law of organic evolution (1905)
Three poems (1951)
Evolutionary genomics
Section introduction
Lateral gene transfer and the nature of bacterial innovation (2000)
The origins of genomic duplications in Arabidopsis (2000)
Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome (2001)
Genetics and the making of Homo sapiens (2003)
Co-option of eye structures and genes (1996)
Planetary biology--paleontological, geological, and molecular histories of life (2002)
The history of life
Section introduction
From chemistry to heredity (1999)
Disparate rates, differing fates: tempo and mode of evolution changed from the Precambrian to the Phanerozoic (1994)
Evolutionary explosions and the phylogenetic fuse (1998)
Towards a new synthesis: major evolutionary trends in the angiosperm fossil record (2000)
Case studies
Section introduction
An unsolved problem of biology (1951)
The origin of the genetic code (1968)
The maintenance of sex (1971)
A caricature of seed dispersal by animal guts (1983)
A pessimistic estimate of the time required for an eye to evolve (1994)
Evolutionary novelty: the example of lactose synthetase (1997)
The evolution of mutation rates: separating causes from consequences (2000)
Human evolution
Section introduction
Immunological time scale for hominid evolution (1967)
Evolution at two levels in humans and chimpanzees (1975)
Divergence between samples of chimpanzee and human DNA sequences is 5%, counting indels (2002)
Our load of mutations (1950)
On the non-existence of human races (1962)
The scars of human evolution (1951)
The big bang (1994)
Evolution and human affairs
Section introduction
Evolution's struggle for existence in America's public schools (2001)
Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution (1973)
The argument from design (1779)
On the molecular theory of evolution (1974)
Evolution and ethics (1893)
Humans as the world's greatest evolutionary force (2001)
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Biographical notes