- The book is a timely volume written by a natural historian with a broad view of biology
- The author draws examples from a large range of organisms from many different habitats and niches where interesting adaptations have evolved
- Probes deeply into mechanisms of evolution such as developmental genetics, morphogenesis, chromosome structure, and cladogenesis
- Clear definition of terms, with illustrations visualizing the main theoretical structures, and point-by-point summaries clearly stating the principal conclusions
Table of Contents
Adaptation and the Adaptive System.
Spatial Structure of the Adaptive Niche.
Dynamics of the Adaptive Niche.
The Selection Interface.
The Cladogenetic Selection Interface.
Adaptive Potential, Biophysical Paradigms, and the Selectional Attractor.
Structural Paradigms of Development.
Adaptive Capacity and Potential in the Mechanisms of Development.
Developmental Genetics, Adaptive Capacity, and Potential.
Mutation and Realization of Adaptive Potential.
Chromosome Structure and Adaptive Topography.
Evolutionary Impediments and the Adaptive Substrate for Evolutionary Change.
Darwinian versus Thompsonian Factors in Evolution.
The Morphogenetic Topology of Evolutionary Change.
Architecture of the Phyletic Lineage.
Evolutionary Rate and Episodic Evolution.
Stasis and the Adaptive Substrate.
Extinction - Lineage to Clade.
From Lineage to Taxon.
Epilogue: An Overview of the General Theory.
- No. of pages: 642
- Language: English
- Copyright: © Academic Press 2000
- Published: June 14, 2000
- Imprint: Academic Press
- eBook ISBN: 9780080542461
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