Epigenetic Principles of Evolution

Epigenetic Principles of Evolution

1st Edition - November 21, 2011

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  • Author: Nelson Cabej
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124158511

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This is the first and only book, so far, to deal with the causal basis of evolution from an epigenetic view. By revealing the epigenetic "user" of the "genetic toolkit", this book demonstrates the primacy of epigenetic mechanisms and epigenetic information in generating evolutionary novelties. The author convincingly supports his theory with a host of examples from the most varied fields of biology, by emphasizing changes in developmental pathways as the basic source of evolutionary change in metazoans.

Key Features

  • Original and thought provoking--a radically new theory that overcomes the present difficulties of the theory of evolution
  • Is the first and only theory that uses epigenetic mechanisms and principles for explaining evolution of metazoans
  • Takes an integrative approach and shows a wide range of learning


Evolutionary biologists, developmental biologists and ecologists

Table of Contents

  • Dedication

    Introduction: The Explanatory Conundrum and the New Perspective in Modern Biology

    1. Control Systems and Determination of Phenotypic Traits in Metazoans

    2. Neural Manipulation of Gene Expression

    3. Epigenetic Control of Reproduction

    4. Epigenetic Control of Early Development

    5. Neural Control of Postphylotypic Development

    6. The Epigenetic System of Inheritance—An Outline

    7. Evolution and Stress Responses to Changes in Environment

    8. Behavioral Adaptation to Changed Conditions of Living

    9. Ontogeny

    10. Intragenerational Developmental Plasticity

    11. Transgenerational Developmental Plasticity—An Epitome of Evolutionary Change

    12. Evolution of Metazoans and Their Control System

    13. Origins of Evolutionary Novelty

    14. Evolution by Loss

    15. Evolution by Reverting to Ancestral Characters

    16. Neural Crest–Determined Evolutionary Novelties

    17. Evolutionary Convergences

    18. Species and Allopatric Speciation

    19. Epigenetics of Sympatric Speciation—Speciation as a Mechanism of Evolution

Product details

  • No. of pages: 846
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2011
  • Published: November 21, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124158511

About the Author

Nelson Cabej

Dr. Nelson R. Cabej is the author of Epigenetic Principles Of Evolution (Elsevier, 2011) and Building The Most Complex Structure On Earth (Elsevier, 2013), in which he examines the role of epigenetic mechanisms in organismal evolution. He has published more than 40 scientific articles and 10 books in English and his native language of Albanian on evolutionary biology, epigenetics, and developmental biology. Dr. Cabej earned his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Tirana, Albania, and presently serves as a researcher in the Department of Biology at the university. He has previously taught biology at William Paterson College, Wayne, N.J, USA.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania

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