Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics. A Brief by John C. Avise

By John C. Avise

Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics is a pithy, full of life publication occupying a distinct niche-the conceptual historical past of evolutionary genetics- now not inhabited by means of the other on hand therapy. Written through a world-leading authority in evolutionary genetics, this paintings encapsulates and ranks 70 of the main major paradigm shifts in evolutionary biology and genetics throughout the century-and-a-half because Darwin and Mendel. The technological know-how of evolutionary genetics is imperative to all of biology, yet many scholars and different practitioners have little wisdom of its old roots and conceptual advancements. This publication fills that wisdom hole in a thought-provoking and readable structure.

This attention-grabbing chronological trip alongside the various conceptual pathways to our smooth realizing of evolutionary and genetic rules is an excellent springboard for discussions in undergraduate or graduate seminars in evolutionary biology and genetics. yet greater than that, somebody drawn to the background and philosophy of technology will locate a lot of worth among its covers.

  • Provides a relative rating of 70 seminal breakthroughs and paradigm shifts within the box of evolutionary biology and genetics
  • Modular layout allows prepared entry to every defined subject
  • Historical review of a box whose strategies are critical to all of biology and appropriate to a vast viewers of biologists, technological know-how historians, and philosophers of science
  • Extensively cross-referenced with a advisor to landmark papers and books for every topic

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Anderson TR. 2013. The Life of David Lack: Father of Evolutionary Ecology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. Chapter 19 1932 End of a Debate 9 5 10 THE STANDARD PARADIGM Mendelian principles seemed to be incompatible with the gradual and cumulative mode of Darwinian evolution. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, some geneticists (the so-called Mendelians) accepted the universality of Mendel’s rules of particulate inheritance but they thought this implied that evolution must proceed by discrete jumps or saltational changes (for example, from short to tall pea plants).

All rights reserved. 33 34 PART | II The Next 50 Years (1910–1960): Expanding the Foundations PS-score: 2 Wegener’s ideas eventually were to revolutionize thought in geology and paleontology. They also dovetailed nicely with some of the biological concepts that had been implicit in various of Wallace’s biogeographic principles (see Chapter 6). In evolutionary genetics, Wegener’s insights understandably had a lesser impact, except insofar as they helped to promote the broader realization that biogeographic patterns and processes (see Chapter 51) must take into account the surprisingly dynamical nature of the Earth’s historical geology and physiography.

Emlen JM. 1973. Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach. Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA. Pianka ER. 1974. Evolutionary Ecology. Harper & Row, New York, NY. Charnov EL. 1982. The Theory of Sex Allocation. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. O’Neill SL, Hoffmann AA, Werren JH (Eds). 1997. Influential Passengers: Inherited Microorganisms and Arthropod Reproduction. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ). 2002. Sex Ratios: Concepts and Research Methods. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, MA. Majerus MEN.

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