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Evolutionary Developmental Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128149683, 9780128149690

Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Volume 141

1st Edition

Serial Volume Editor: Scott Gilbert
eBook ISBN: 9780128149690
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128149683
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th February 2021
Page Count: 452
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Table of Contents

1. A developmental perspective of homology and evolutionary novelty
Kenneth Z. McKenna, Günter P. Wagner and Kimberly L. Cooper

2. Modularity and hierarchy in biological systems: Using gene regulatory networks to understand evolutionary change
William L. Hatleberg and Veronica F. Hinman

3. Molecular insights into deuterostome evolution from hemichordate developmental biology
Christopher J Lowe

4. Cephalochordates: A window into vertebrate origins
Linda Z. Holland and Nicholas D. Holland

5. Transitional chordates and vertebrate origins: Tunicates
Alexander Fodor, Jiatai Liu, Lindsay Turner and Billie J. Swalla

6. Evolution of new cell types at the lateral neural border
Jan Stundl, Paola Y. Bertucci, Detlev Arendt and Marianne E. Bronner

7. Evo-devo studies of cyclostomes and the origin and evolution of jawed vertebrates
Shigeru Kuratani

8. Heading for higher ground: Developmental origins and evolutionary diversification of the amniote face
Zachary S. Morris and Arhat Abzhanov

9. The origin of wing polyphenism in ants: An eco-evo-devo perspective
Lisa Hanna and Ehab Abouheif

10. Genetic assimilation and accommodation: Models and mechanisms
H. Frederik Nijhout, Anna M. Kudla and Caleb C. Hazelwood

11. Animal development in the microbial world: The power of experimental model systems
Margaret McFall-Ngai and Thomas C.G. Bosch

12. Animal development in the microbial world: Re-thinking the conceptual framework
Thomas C. G. Bosch and Margaret McFall-Ngai


Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Volume 141 focuses on recent research in evolutionary developmental biology, the science studying how changes in development cause the variations that natural selection operate on. Several new hypotheses and models are presented in this volume, and these concern how homology may be properly delineated, how neural crest and placode cells emerged and how they formed the skull and jaw, and how plasticity and developmental symbiosis enable normal development to be regulated by environmental factors.

Key Features

•New models for homology
•New hypotheses for the generation of chordates
•New models for the roles of plasticity and symbionts in normal development


This volume is written both for student, teachers, and researchers in the fields of developmental biology, evolution, or evolutionary developmental biology. Since evolutionary developmental biology is a field that spans a great variety of disciplines, it is written for people who have some background in at least one of these areas and who wish to expand their knowledge of how animal developmental history and evolutionary history interact.


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About the Serial Volume Editor

Scott Gilbert

Scott F. Gilbert is the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology (emeritus) at Swarthmore College, where he has taught developmental genetics, embryology, and the history and critiques of biology. He is also a Finland Distinguished Professor (emeritus) at the University of Helsinki. He received his B.A. in both biology and religion from Wesleyan University (1971), and he earned his PhD in biology from the Johns Hopkins University (1976). His M.A. in the history of science, is also from The Johns Hopkins University. He pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin in both molecular biology and developmental immunology. Scott is married to Anne M. Raunio, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and they have three children. Scott’s biological research has two foci. The first concerns how changes in developmental mechanisms can generate evolutionary novelty. Studying “the arrival of the fittest,” he literally investigates how the turtle gets its shell. The second focus concerns the integration of symbionts into a holobiont, and how the symbiotic microbes and host cells facilitate and scaffold each other’s development, truly “becoming with the other.” Scott has received several awards for his work in evolutionary developmental biology, including the Medal of François I from the Collège de France, the Kowalevsky Prize in Evolutionary Developmental Biology, the Viktor Hamburger Award for developmental biology education, and the Service Award from the Pan-American Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology. He has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Helsinki and the University of Tartu. Scott currently has three co-authored books in print: (1) Developmental Biology, now in its twelfth edition) which is one of the most widely used textbook in the field; (2) Ecological Developmental Biology, which is attempting to help construct a new area of biological science by bringing together aspects of embryology, medical physiology, ecology, and evolution; and (3) Fear, Wonder, and Science in the Age of Reproductive Biotechnology, a science trade-book concerning both the scientific and emotional aspects of reproductive biotechnology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Associate Howard A. Schneiderman Professor Emeritus Developmental Biology Swarthmore College PA, United States