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Evo-Devo Bundle

Evo-Devo Bundle
Quirks of Human Anatomy, How the Snake Lost its Legs, Deep Homology?
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  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108355520

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  • Echos of the Cambrian Explosion still resonate in the genomes of modern bilaterian animals. Relics of that ancient 'operating system' have recently been unearthed by the burgeoning field of evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) biology, but these discoveries are not widely known. Like the artifacts in Tut's tomb, they offer a window into the distant past, and they deserve wider notice. To that end, Drosophila geneticist Lewis I. Held, Jr has written a trilogy of books: Quirks of Human Anatomy shows how the human body is sculpted by bilaterian gene circuits. How the Snake Lost its Legs surveys how other animals acquired their distinctive anatomies. And Deep Homology? compares humans and flies so as to triangulate the urbilaterian ancestor. All three books are encyclopedic but accessible in their exposition: scholarly, yet light-hearted. Overall this timely trilogy should appeal to a broad audience, from undergraduates to experts, especially young researchers aspiring to solve deep mysteries.

    • Lewis I. Held, Jr's trilogy of Evo-Devo books, available as a pack
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    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108355520
    • dimensions: 255 x 179 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Quirks of Human Anatomy:
    1. Background
    2. Symmetry and asymmetry
    3. Mysteries of the midline
    4. Merism and modularity
    5. Sexual dimorphisms
    6. Silly, stupid, and dangerous quirks
    7. Mind and brain
    How the Snake Lost its Legs:
    1. The first two-sided animal
    2. The fly
    3. The butterfly
    4. The snake
    5. The cheetah
    6. An evo-devo bestiary
    Epilogue
    Deep Homology?:
    1. Body axes
    2. Nervous system
    3. Vision
    4. Touch and hearing
    5. Smell and taste
    6. Limbs
    7. Heart.

  • Author

    Lewis I. Held, Jr, Texas Tech University
    Lewis I. Held, Jr is a fly geneticist who has taught human embryology for thirty years. He studied molecular biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 1973), investigated bristle patterning under John Gerhart at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1977) and conducted postdoctoral research with Peter Bryant and Howard Schneiderman at the University of California, Irvine (1977–86). Deep Homology? (Cambridge, 2017) is his fifth scholarly monograph, following Models for Embryonic Periodicity (1992), Imaginal Discs (Cambridge, 2002), Quirks of Human Anatomy (Cambridge, 2009) and How the Snake Lost its Legs (Cambridge, 2014).

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