The Evolution of Developmental Pathways
By: Adam S. Wilkins (author)Hardback
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A principal aim of this text is to introduce upper-level students and biologists in other disciplines to this field, and to present it within its larger context. The book also suggests a useful general framework for thinking about developmental evolution. The book's organizing concept is that of the genetic pathway, the sequence of requisite genetic and molecular activities that underlie a developmental process. From this perspective, the author explores the nature of the genetic, molecular, and selectional events that alter these pathways, yielding developmental change.
ADAM WILKINS is Editor of the journal BioEssays.
PART I: Context and Foundations - Evolution and Embryology: A Brief History of a Complex Pas de Deux - Information Sources for Reconstructing Developmental Evolution I: Fossils - Information Sources for Reconstructing Developmental Evolution II: Comparative Molecular Studies - Genetic Pathways and Networks in Development - Conserved Genes and Functions in Animal Development - PART II: Case Studies in Pathway Evolution - Evolving Developmental Pathways I: Sex Determination - Evolving Developmental Pathways II: Segmental Patterning in Insects - Evolving Developmental Pathways III: Two Organ "Fields," The Nematode Vulva and the Tetrapod Limb - PART III: Conundrums - Genetic Source Materials for Developmental Evolution - Costs and Constraints: Factors that Retard and Channel Developmental Evolution - On Growth and Form: The Developmental and Evolutionary Genetics of Morphogenesis - Speciation and Developmental Evolution - Metazoan Origins and the Beginnings of Complex Animal Evolution - The Coming Evolution of Evolutionary Developmental Biology - Appendix 1: Genetic Nomenclature - Appendix 2: Cladistics - Appendix 3: Molecular Clocks - Glossary - References
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