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Form and Function in Developmental Evolution

Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Biology

Andrew L. Hamilton, Manfred Laubichler, Jane Maienschein, Karl J. Niklas, Rudolf A. Raff, Elizabeth C. Raff, Paul M. Brakefield, Peter C. Wainwright, Günter P. Wagner, Richard A. Richards, Roger Samson, Andrew L. Hamilton
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521187589


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  • This book represents an effort to understand very old questions about biological form, function, and the relationships between them. The essays collected here reflect the diversity of approaches in evolutionary developmental biology (Evo Devo), including not only studies by prominent scientists whose research focuses on topics concerned with evolution and development, but also historically and conceptually oriented studies that place the scientific work within a larger framework and ask how it can be pushed further. Topics under discussion range from the use of theoretical and empirical biomechanics to understand the evolution of plant form, to detailed studies of the evolution of development and the role of developmental constraints on phenotypic variation. The result is a rich and interdisciplinary volume that will begin a wider conversation about the shape of Evo Devo as it matures as a field.

    • Uses evolutionary developmental biology as a way to approach and understand form and function
    • Includes contributions from scientists as well as historians and philosophers
    • Offers a wider conversation about the shape of evolutionary developmental biology as it matures as a field
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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521187589
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Andrew L. Hamilton, Manfred Laubichler and Jane Maienschein
    2. Form and function in Evo Devo: historical and conceptual issues Manfred D. Laubichler
    3. Deducing plant function from organic form: challenges and pitfalls Karl J. Niklas
    4. Evolution in the light of embryos: seeking the origins of novelties in ontogeny Rudolf A. Raff and Elizabeth C. Raff
    5. A focus on both form and function in examining selection versus constraint Paul M. Brakefield
    6. Innovation and diversity in functional morphology Peter C. Wainwright
    7. The developmental evolution of avian digit homology: an update Günter P. Wagner
    8. Functional analysis and character transformation Richard A. Richards
    9. The nature of constraints Roger Samson
    10. Towards a mechanistic Evo Devo Andrew L. Hamilton.

  • Editors

    Manfred D. Laubichler, Arizona State University

    Jane Maienschein, Arizona State University


    Andrew L. Hamilton, Manfred Laubichler, Jane Maienschein, Karl J. Niklas, Rudolf A. Raff, Elizabeth C. Raff, Paul M. Brakefield, Peter C. Wainwright, Günter P. Wagner, Richard A. Richards, Roger Samson, Andrew L. Hamilton

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