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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.Read more
- 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
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
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