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Biased Embryos and Evolution

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  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521833820

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  • Aimed primarily at a general readership and college students of biology, this book focuses on the question of how embryonic development changes in the course of evolution, thus giving rise to new types of creatures. It takes the view that biases in the ways that embryos can be altered are as important as natural selection in determining the directions that evolution has taken, including the one that led to the origin of humans.

    • Was the first book on the new field of evolutionary developmental biology written for college students and general readers
    • Takes a controversial stance on evolutionary processes, including human origins
    • Written in an easy, accessible style by one of the finest writers in this field
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    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521833820
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The microscopic horse
    2. What 'drives' evolution?
    3. Darwin: pluralism with a single core
    4. How to build a body
    5. A brief history of the last billion years
    6. Preamble to the quiet revolution
    7. The return of the organism
    8. Possible creatures
    9. The beginnings of bias
    10. A deceptively simple question
    11. Development's twin arrows
    12. Action and reaction
    13. Evolvability: organisms in bits
    14. Back to the trees
    15. Stripes and spots
    16. Towards 'The Inclusive Synthesis'
    17. Social creatures
    Glossary
    References.

  • Author

    Wallace Arthur, National University of Ireland, Galway
    Professor Wallace Arthur is in the Integrative Biology Group at the University of Sunderland, UK. He is the author of six previous books.

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