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Before Darwin, Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck created the first theory of evolution, an idea so powerful it promised to become the great unifying force of science. Instead, for 200 years, Lamarck’s grand idea polarised the scientific establishment and became a byword for discredited beliefs – until, on the eve of his bicentenary, science finally caught up and proved him right. With a narrative as lively as fiction, this is the true story of Lamarck and his hard-won legacy. It is the story of Lamarck’s own travails in treacherous times and of the Australian scientist Ted Steele who, almost two centuries later, would decode the evidence and put Lamarck back on the world stage.
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In this entertaining and illuminating book, the biopsychologist Mark Blumberg explores the many ways that temperature rules the lives of all animals (including humans). Now available in paperback.
How does development influence evolution? This book explores the idea that development and evolution interact to make genetic evolution predictable.
The early chapters review essential principles from developmental biology and population genetics to provide a foundation for understanding the causes of genetic evolution. The penultimate chapter presents a new way of viewing development – through pathworks – that clarifies the role of development in evolution. The last chapter explores the hypothesis that genetic evolution proceeds in different ways in different kinds of populations.
Genetic evolution appears to be somewhat predictable. This predictability emerges from the structure of developmental regulatory networks and from evolutionary processes that occur in populations. Evolution, Development, and the Predictable Genome is intended for students and for more advanced researchers who want to learn about the interaction of evolution and development. The book is written in straightforward prose with specialised terminology explained along the way.
Here the world’s foremost authority on the subject provides a fascinating overview of the evidence for and against a whole host of hypotheses concerning this cataclysmic event that unfolded at the end of the Permian.
Some 250 million years ago, the earth suffered the greatest biological crisis in its history. Around 95% of all living species died out–a global catastrophe far greater than the dinosaurs’ demise 65 million years ago. How this happened remains a mystery. But there are many competing theories. Some blame huge volcanic eruptions that covered an area as large as the continental United States; others argue for sudden changes in ocean levels and chemistry, including burps of methane gas; and still others cite the impact of an extraterrestrial object, similar to what caused the dinosaurs’ extinction. Extinction is a paleontological mystery story. Here, the world’s foremost authority on the subject provides a fascinating overview of the evidence for and against a whole host of hypotheses concerning this cataclysmic event that unfolded at the end of the Permian. After setting the scene, Erwin introduces the suite of possible perpetrators and the types of evidence paleontologists seek.
He then unveils the actual evidence–moving from China, where much of the best evidence is found; to a look at extinction in the oceans; to the extraordinary fossil animals of the Karoo Desert of South Africa. Erwin reviews the evidence for each of the hypotheses before presenting his own view of what happened. Although full recovery took tens of millions of years, this most massive of mass extinctions was a powerful creative force, setting the stage for the development of the world as we know it today. Also available in hardcover [stock id 24586].
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, this celebration of evolutionary development combines beautiful photographs of plants and animals with a clear, concept-based text to express Darwin’s greatest discovery to a general audience in a unique and vivid manner. 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, as well as the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth. To commemorate Darwin’s greatest discovery, this book uses exquisite images by distinguished nature photographer Susan Middleton to reveal patterns of evolutionary development in animals and plants. These photographs, of remarkable specimens from the collections of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, are accompanied by a clear, accessible overview of the key evolutionary concepts that explain life on Earth, by science writer Mary Ellen Hannibal. Virtually a natural history museum in a book.