The Recurrence of Similarity in Evolution

1st Edition - October 11, 1996

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  • Editors: Michael Sanderson, Larry Hufford
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080534114

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Why do unrelated organisms sometimes appear almost identical in details of the anatomy, behavior, physiology, and ecology? Homoplasy assembles leaders in evolutionary biology to explore issues of parallelism, convergence, and reversals. This innovative book is certain to provoke discussion of homoplasy compelling evidence for particular theories of evolutionary change

Key Features

  • The first book on this increasingly interesting subject
  • Includes authoritative treatments from leading experts expressing a variety of viewpoints


Ideal for graduate students, faculty, and researchers in evolutionary biology, systematics, developmental biology, and natural history.

Table of Contents

  • D.B. Wake, Foreword.
    Implications of Homoplasy:
    D.R. Brooks, Explanations of Homoplasy at Different Levels of Biological Organization.
    J.J. Doyle, Homoplasy Connections and Disconnections: Genes and Species, Molecules and Morphology.
    M.J. Sanderson and M.J. Donoghue, The Relationship between Homoplasy and Confidence in a Phylogenetic Tree.
    R.M. Bateman, Nonfloral Homoplasy and Evolutionary Scenarios in Living and Fossil Land Plants.
    H.C. Proctor, Behavioral Characters and Homoplasy: Perception versus Practice.
    Measures of Homoplasy:
    J.W. Archie, Measures of Homoplasy.
    J.T. Chang and J. Kim, The Measurement of Homoplasy: A Stochastic View.
    Generation of Homoplasy:
    D.W. McShea, Complexity and Homoplasy.
    W.S. Armbruster, Exaptation, Adaptation, and Homoplasy: Evolution of Ecological Traits in Dalechampia Vines.
    S.A. Foster, W.A. Cresko, K.P. Johnson, M.U. Tlusty, and H.E. Willmott, Patterns of Homoplasy in Behavioral Evolution.
    L. Hufford, Ontogenetic Evolution, Clade Diversification, and Homoplasy.
    P.K. Endress, Homoplasy in Angiosperm Flowers.
    Appendix 1: Families and Genera with Completely Trimerous Flowers.
    Appendix 2: Families and Genera with Flowers That Are Trimerous except for the Gynoecium.
    Appendix 3: Families and Genera with Flowers That Are Trimerous except for the Andorecium, Which is Polymerous.
    Appendix 4: Families and Genera with Flowers That Are Trimerous except for the Calyx, Which Is Pentamerous.
    M.J. Sanderson and L. Hufford, Homoplasy and the Evolutionary Process: An Afterword.
    Chapter References.
    Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 339
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1996
  • Published: October 11, 1996
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080534114

About the Editors

Michael Sanderson

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California

Larry Hufford

Affiliations and Expertise

Washington State University, Pullman, U.S.A.

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