A Central Concept in BiologyEdited by
- Benedikt Hallgrímsson
- Brian Hall
Intended for scholars, advanced undergraduate students, and graduates in evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, paleontology, morphology, developmental biology, genomics and other related disciplines.
Hardbound, 592 Pages
Published: June 2005
Imprint: Academic Press
Variation: A Central Concept in Biology, is sure to spark the interest of nearly all ecologists and evolutionary biologists...How does this variation arise? How do new variants evolve? What contrains variation? The answers are incomplete. However, the chapters of this book provide a glimpse at our current understanding of phenotypic variation." - James A. Fordyce, University of Tenessee, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in ECOLOGY "Variation is certainly a topic of central interest in evolutionary biology and this new book offers an unusually inclusive array of perspectives on the topic. I especially enjoyed the breadth of coverage. Novel features are found that one might not have expected in a book of this nature, such as structural, functional and developmental variation, as contrasted with the expected emphases on genetic variation, canalization and phenotypic plasticity, and their relation to life history evolution. Palmerâs stimulating chapter on antisymmetry is particularly noteworthy for its originality. Another unusual treatment is Badyaevâs focus on the role of stress in evolution, which is examined from a different perspective by Hoffmann and McKenzie. On the whole this is an assemblage of excellent chapters by many of the central figures in the fields covered and will be a welcome addition to my library." - David B. Wake, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. "This comprehensive, diverse and stimulating volume is a must-read for anyone interested in development and evolution. Never has the critical subject of variation been so well treated in terms of how to analyze variation, how developmental processes induce and constrain its properties, and the complex relationships between genotypic, environmental and phenotypic variation. This is a tour-de-force treatment of a critical subject." - Daniel E. Lieberman, Harvard University, U.S.A. "Where do genetic and phenotypic diversity come from and how are they are maintained? Do the same processes link the differences within species to the stable differences between species? These are the big questions about the diversity of life on Earth and Hallgrimsson and Hallâs book provides the latest views from leading scientists of diversity and form." - Mark Pagel, University of Reading, England "âVariation is the basic material of evolution. At last we have a book that takes a modern approach to variation in all its formsâpopulational, developmental, genetic, morphologicalâand links it to the processes that generate the variation itself. This is not a collection of bland reviews, but a vital compendium of novel perspectives that begin to meld the new data of evo-devo with the accepted body of Modern Synthesis work. A must for any evolutionistâs library.â - Kevin Padian, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. Listed in NEW TITLES in BIOSCIENCE (April 2006) "...chapters are authoritative and well written, and graduate students and scientists will find much here that is thought-provoking." - Carl D. Schlichting, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, in BIOSCIENCE