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Geometry of Evolution Adaptive Landscapes and Theoretical Morphospaces

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ISBN-10: 052184942X

ISBN-13: 9780521849425

Edition: 2006

Authors: George McGhee

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The metaphor of the adaptive landscape permeates both evolutionary biology and the philosophy of science. The focus of this text is to demonstrate that the adaptive landscape concept can be put into actual analytical practice through the usage of theoretical morphospaces.
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/7/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface
The concept of the adaptive landscape
What is an adaptive landscape?
Modelling evolution in adaptive landscapes
Modelling natural selection in adaptive landscapes
Visualizing natural selection
Modelling directional selection
Modelling stabilizing selection
Modelling disruptive selection
Modelling less-than-optimum evolution
Evolutionary topology of adaptive landscapes
Why has evolution not ceased?
Modelling environmental and ecological change
Modelling evolutionary phenomena in adaptive landscapes
Evolution in geological time
Modelling convergent evolution
Modelling iterative evolution
Modelling speciation by cladogenesis
Modelling hyperdimensionality in adaptive landscapes
Are adaptive landscapes of heuristic value only?
The concept of the theoretical morphospace
What is a theoretical morphospace?
Procedural phases of theoretical morphospace analyses
Creating theoretical morphospaces: an example
Analysing the role of adaptive evolution in theoretical morphospaces
Functional analysis in theoretical morphospace
Adaptive significance of existing and nonexistent ammonoid form
Adaptive significance of existing and nonexistent brachiopod form
Adaptive significance of existing and nonexistent plant form
Analysing evolutionary phenomena in theoretical morphospaces
Analysing evolution in geological time
Analysing convergent evolution in theoretical morphospace
Analysing iterative evolution in theoretical morphospace
Analysing biodiversity crises in theoretical morphospace
Evolutionary constraint in theoretical morphospace
Potential causes of empty morphospace
Modelling geometric constraint
Modelling functional constraint
Modelling phylogenetic constraint
Modelling developmental constraint
Analysing evolutionary constraint in theoretical morphospaces
Mapping geometric constraint boundaries
Mapping functional constraint boundaries
Analysing intrinsic constraints
Modelling the evolution of intrinsic constraints
Evolutionary constraint and the phenomenon of convergent evolution
Is the concept of phylogenetic constraint of heuristic value only?
Evolutionary development in theoretical morphospace
The concept of developmental constraint
Transformation theory and theoretical morphospaces
Epigenetic landscapes and theoretical morphospaces
Analysing development in theoretical morphospace
Theoretical developmental morphospaces?
How does an organism come to be?
There is much to be done...
Adaptive landscapes and theoretical morphospaces
Current progress in theoretical morphospace analyses
What more is to be done?
The re-emergence of the science of morphology
References
Index