The Evolution of Adaptive Systems

The General Theory of Evolution


  • James Brock, Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, U.K.


Scientists in the fields of evolutionary biology, zoology, botany, ecology, genetics, and development.


Book information

  • Published: June 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-134740-6

Table of Contents

Foreword.Preface.Adaptation and the Adaptive System.Spatial Structure of the Adaptive Niche.Dynamics of the Adaptive Niche.The Selection Interface.Adaptive Equilibrium.The Cladogenetic Selection Interface.Adaptive Potential, Biophysical Paradigms, and the Selectional Attractor.Evolutionary Mode.Structural Paradigms of Development.Adaptive Capacity and Potential in the Mechanisms of Development.Developmental Genetics, Adaptive Capacity, and Potential.Mutation and Realization of Adaptive Potential.Chromosome Structure and Adaptive Topography.Evolutionary Impediments and the Adaptive Substrate for Evolutionary Change.Darwinian versus Thompsonian Factors in Evolution.The Morphogenetic Topology of Evolutionary Change.Architecture of the Phyletic Lineage.Evolutionary Rate and Episodic Evolution.Stasis and the Adaptive Substrate.Extinction - Lineage to Clade.From Lineage to Taxon.Epilogue: An Overview of the General Theory.Glossary.Bibliography.Index.