Biodiversity and Evolution

Biodiversity and Evolution

1st Edition - March 23, 2018

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  • Editors: Philippe Grandcolas, Marie-Christine Maurel
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785482779
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081025673

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Biodiversity and Evolution includes chapters devoted to the evolution and biodiversity of organisms at the molecular level, based on the study of natural collections from the Museum of Natural History. The book starts with an epistemological and historical introduction and ends with a critical overview of the Anthropocene epoch.

Key Features

  • Explores the study of natural collections of the Museum of Natural History
  • Examines evolution and biodiversity at the molecular level
  • Features an introduction focusing on epistemology and history
  • Provides a critical overview


Students, teachers and researchers, interested in biology, epistemology and scientific cultural aspects

Table of Contents

  • 1. From Richard Owen to Charles Darwin: Understanding the Origin of Life’s Diversity
    Claudine COHEN
    2. Life Engineering in an Evolutionary World
    Thomas HEAMS
    3. The View of Systematics on Biodiversity
    Philippe GRANDCOLAS
    4. Which Model(s) Explain Biodiversity?
    Guillaume ACHAZ
    5. Analysis of Microbial Diversity: Regarding the (Paradoxical) Difficulty of Seeing Big in Metagenomics
    Chloé VIGLIOTTI, Philippe LOPEZ and Eric BAPTESTE
    6. Genetic Code Degeneracy and Amino Acid Frequency in Proteomes
    Jean LEHMANN
    7. Telomeres and Telomerases: Structural Diversity for the Same Role
    Carole SAINTOMÉ
    8. Globalization and Infectious Diseases
    Thierry WIRTH
    9. Why are Morpho Blue?
    Vincent DEBAT, Serge BERTHIER, Patrick BLANDIN, Nicolas CHAZOT, Marianne ELIAS, Doris GOMEZ and Violaine LLAURENS?
    10. Biodiversity in Natural History Collections: a Source of Data for the Study of Evolution Romain
    11. Mice and Men: an Evolutionary History of Lassa Fever
    Aude LALIS and Thierry WIRTH
    12. Evolutionary History of Moles in Western Europe: One Mole May Hide Another!
    Violaine NICOLAS, Jessica MARTINEZ-VARGAS and Jean-Pierre HUGOT
    13. The Conoidea and Their Toxins: Evolution of a Hyper-Diversified Group
    Nicolas PUILLANDRE and Sébastien DUTERTRE
    14. The Anthropocene: a Geological or Societal Subject?
    Patrick DE WEVER and Stan FINNEY

Product details

  • No. of pages: 284
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2018
  • Published: March 23, 2018
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785482779
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081025673

About the Editors

Philippe Grandcolas

Philippe Grandcolas is a Senior Scientist CNRS and Director at the Institut de Systematique, Evolution, Biodiversite.

Affiliations and Expertise

CNRS, France

Marie-Christine Maurel

Marie-Christine Maurel is a professor- researcher at UPMC and MNHN.

Affiliations and Expertise

UPMC and MNHN, France

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