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Author Levinton, Jeffrey S.
Title Genetics, paleontology, and macroevolution / Jeffrey S. Levinton.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Edition Second edition.

Author Levinton, Jeffrey S.
Subject Macroevolution.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 617 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Edition Second edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 519-586) and indexes.
Contents Macroevolution: The Problem and the Field -- Genealogy, Systematics, and Macroevolution -- Genetics, Speciation, and Transspecific Evolution -- Development and Evolution -- The Constructional and Functional Aspects of Form -- Patterns of Morphological Change in Fossil Lineages -- Patterns of Diversity, Origination, and Extinction -- A Cambrian Explosion? -- Coda: Ten Theses.
Summary "An engaging area of biology for more then a century, the study of macroevolution continues to offer profound insight into our understanding of the tempo of evolution and the evolution of biological diversity. In seeking to unravel the patterns and processes that regulate large-scale evolutionary change, the study of macroevolution asks: What regulates biological diversity and its historical development? Can it be explained by natural selection alone? Has geologic history regulated the tempo of diversification? The answers to such questions lie in many disciplines including genetics, paleontology, and geology." "This expanded and updated second edition offers a comprehensive look at macroevolution and its underpinnings, with a primary emphasis on animal evolution. From a neo-Darwinian point of view, it integrates evolutionary processes at all levels to explain the diversity of animal life. It examines a wide range of topics including genetics and speciation, development and evolution, the constructional and functional aspects of form, fossil lineages, and systematics. This book also takes a hard look at the Cambrian explosion. This new edition possesses all of the comprehensiveness of the first edition, yet ushers it into the age of molecular approaches to evolution and development. It also integrated important recent contributions made to our understanding of the early evolution of animal life. Researchers and graduate students will find this insightful book a most comprehensive and up-to-date examination of macroevolution."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0511018290 (electronic bk.)
9780511018299 (electronic bk.)
9780511612961 (electronic bk.)
0511612966 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 52496843
Additional Format Print version: Levinton, Jeffrey S. Genetics, paleontology, and macroevolution. 2nd ed. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001 0521803179 (DLC) 00052951 (OCoLC)45313940

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