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Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology

by Brian K. Hall, Wendy M. OlsonBrian K. Hall


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The new field of evolutionary developmental biology is one of the most exciting areas of contemporary biology. The fundamental principle of evolutionary developmental biology ("evo-devo") is that evolution acts through inherited changes in the development of the organism. "Evo-devo" is not merely a fusion of the fields of developmental and evolutionary biology, the grafting of a developmental perspective onto evolutionary biology, or the incorporation of an evolutionary perspective into developmental biology. Evo-devo strives for a unification of genomic, developmental, organismal, population, and natural selection approaches to evolutionary change. It draws from development, evolution, paleontology, ecology, and molecular and systematic biology, but has its own set of questions, approaches, and methods.

Keywords and Concepts in Evolutionary Developmental Biology is the first comprehensive reference work for this expanding field. Covering more than fifty central terms and concepts in entries written by leading experts, Keywords offers an overview of all that is embraced by this new subdiscipline of biology, providing the core insights and ideas that show how embryonic development relates to life-history evolution, adaptation, and responses to and integration with environmental factors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674022409
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/01/2006
Series: Harvard University Press Reference Library , #9
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 5.81(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Brian K. Hall is University Research Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University.

Wendy M. Olson is Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Northern Iowa.

Table of Contents

John Tyler Bonner

Introduction: Evolutionary Developmental Mechanisms
Brian K. Hall and Wendy M. Olson
Animal Phyla
Graham E. Budd
Melanie L. J. Stiassny
Behavioral Development and Evolution
Gilbert Gottlieb
Canalization and Genetic Assimilation
Adam Wilkins
Cell Determination and Differentiation
Andres Collazo
Cell Types, Numbers, and Body Plan Complexity
James W. Valentine
Conserved Early Embryonic Stages
Frietson Galis and Barry Sinervo
Kurt Schwenk and Günter P. Wagner
Development, Evolution, and Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Scott F. Gilbert and Richard M. Burian
Developmental Genetics
Scott F. Gilbert and Richard M. Burian
Developmental Mechanisms: Animal
Bruce M. Carlson
Developmental Processes That Generate Plant Form
Tsvi Sachs
Developmental Systems Theory
Jason Scott Robert
Direct Development
James Hanken
Embryonic Induction
Roger Sawyer and Loren Knapp
Carl D. Schlichting
Epigenesis and Epigenetics
Gerd B. Mueller and Lennart Olsson
Evolution of Plant Body Plans and Allometry
Karl J. Niklas
John Gerhart and Marc Kirschner
Fossils and Paleobiology
Armand de Ricqles and Kevin Padian
Gene Regulation
David Stern
Genome Size
Elizabeth L. Jockusch
Germ Cells and Germ Plasm
Mary Lou King
Joan T. Richtsmeier
Stuart A. Newman
Homeotic Genes in Animals
Anne C. Burke and Susan Brown
Homeotic Genes in Flowering Plants
Hong Ma
Homology and Homoplasy
David B. Wake
Inheritance: Extragenomic
Jan Sapp
Inheritance: Genomic
Norman Maclean
Gerd B. Mueller and Guenter P. Wagner
Larvae and Larval Evolution
Michael Hart
Life History Evolution
Marvalee H. Wake
Lineages: Cell and Phyletic
David R. Lindberg and Robert P. Guralnick
Micro-, Macro-, and Megaevolution
Wallace Arthur
Gillian L. Gass and Jessica A. Bolker
Marvalee H. Wake and Adam P. Summers
Ontogenetic Integration of Form and Function
Susan W. Herring
Phenotype and Genotype
Kenneth M. Weiss
Phenotypic Plasticity
Paul M. Brakefield and Pieter J. Wijngaarden
Brent Mishler
Phylotype and Zootype
Jonathan M. W. Slack
Regeneration in the Metazoa
Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado
Grace Panganiban
Selection: Units and Levels in Developing Systems
Manfred D. Laubichler
Space, Time, and Repatterning
Miriam Zelditch
Jukka Jernvall
John O. Reiss
Benedikt Hallgrímsson


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