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Evolutionary Cell Biology


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In recent decades, the central and integrating role of evolution in all of biology was reinforced, as the principles of evolutionary biology were integrated into other biological disciplines, such as developmental biology, ecology, and genetics. Major new fields emerged, among which are Evolutionary Developmental Biology (or Evo-Devo) and Ecological Developmental Biology (or Eco-Devo). Cell biology is a rich field in biology with a long history. In recent years, cell biologists have asked questions whose answers require insights from evolutionary history. Integrating evolutionary and cellular biology has the potential to generate new theories of cellular function and to create a new field. The Evolutionary Cell Biology book series was initiated to foster the emergence of this synergy. Given this conceptual basis and the advances in genetic analysis and visualization of cells and their organelles, cell biology is poised to be transformed by embracing the approaches of Evo-Devo — cells provide the link between genotype and phenotype, both during development and in evolution. Books in the Evolutionary Cell Biology series will further this transformation.

Evolutionary Cell Biology Editorial Board

Michael Hadfield (University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA)

Kim Cooper (University of California, San Diego, USA)

Mark Martindale (University of Florida, Gainesville, USA)

David M. Gardiner (University of California, Irvine, USA)

Shigeru Kuratani (Kobe University, Japan)

Nori Satoh (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)

Sally Leys (University of Alberta, Canada)

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The Evolution of Multicellularity

The Evolution of Multicellularity

1st Edition

Edited By Matthew D. Herron, Peter L. Conlin, William C. Ratcliff
June 08, 2022

Among the most important innovations in the history of life is the transition from single-celled organisms to more complex, multicellular organisms. Multicellularity has evolved repeatedly across the tree of life, resulting in the evolution of new kinds of organisms that collectively constitute a ...

The Notochord Development, Evolution and contributions to the vertebral column

The Notochord: Development, Evolution and contributions to the vertebral column

1st Edition

By P. Eckhard Witten, Brian K. Hall
May 10, 2022

Although it is the defining organ of the Chordata, the notochord and its cells are one of the least understood vertebrate organs. This may be because large parts of the notochord are often replaced with cartilaginous or bony vertebral bodies. The presence of cartilage in the notochord raises ...

Evolution of Neurosensory Cells and Systems Gene regulation and cellular networks and processes

Evolution of Neurosensory Cells and Systems: Gene regulation and cellular networks and processes

1st Edition

Edited By Bernd Fritzsch, Karen L. Elliott
May 09, 2022

This book is an overview of primary sensory maps of vertebrates, characterized by continuous and discrete properties. The eight primary sensory maps of vertebrates have unique features and use distinct molecular cues, cell cycle exit, and activity combinations during development, regeneration, and ...

Cellular Dialogues in the Holobiont

Cellular Dialogues in the Holobiont

1st Edition

Edited By Thomas C. G. Bosch, Michael G. Hadfield
April 29, 2022

This book examines how the growing knowledge of the huge range of protist-, animal-, and plant-bacterial interactions, whether in shared ecosystems or intimate symbioses, is fundamentally altering our understanding of biology. The establishment and maintenance of these interactions and their ...

Evolving Neural Crest Cells

Evolving Neural Crest Cells

1st Edition

Edited By Brian Frank Eames, Daniel Meulemans Medeiros, Igor Adameyko
April 29, 2022

Vertebrates possess lineage-specific characteristics. These include paired anterior sense organs and a robust, modular head skeleton built of cellular cartilage and bone. All of these structures are derived, at least partly, from an embryonic tissue unique vertebrates - the neural crest. The ...

Evolutionary Cell Processes in Primates Bone, Brains, and Muscle, Volume I

Evolutionary Cell Processes in Primates: Bone, Brains, and Muscle, Volume I

1st Edition

Edited By M. Kathleen Pitirri, Joan T. Richtsmeier
September 29, 2021

Many complex traits define the human condition, including encephalization and bipedalism. The specific molecular signals and cellular processes producing these traits are the result of dramatic evolutionary change. At the same time, conservation of many of these developmental programs underlie both...

Evolutionary Cell Processes in Primates Genes, Skin, Energetics, Breathing, and Feeding, Volume II

Evolutionary Cell Processes in Primates: Genes, Skin, Energetics, Breathing, and Feeding, Volume II

1st Edition

Edited By M. Kathleen Pitirri, Joan T. Richtsmeier
September 29, 2021

Many complex traits define the primate condition, including behaviors as fundamental as locomotion and traits as scrutinized as the dentition, and their study reveals dramatic evolutionary change across the primates. Genetic modifications are at the basis of these changes, but transformation of ...

Evolutionary Cell Processes in Primates Two Volume Set

Evolutionary Cell Processes in Primates: Two Volume Set

1st Edition

Edited By M. Kathleen Pitirri, Joan T. Richtsmeier
September 29, 2021

These two volumes demonstrate the role of cellular mechanisms in the production of the many specialized traits defining primates. By exploring gene activity transforming into evolutionary change through the work of cellular mechanisms, the goal is to encourage others to adopt evolutionary cell ...

Vertebrate Cranial Placodes

Vertebrate Cranial Placodes

1st Edition

By Gerhard Schlosser
July 06, 2021

Most of the cranial sense organs of vertebrates arise from embryonic structures known as cranial placodes. Such placodes also give rise to sensory neurons that transmit information to the brain as well as to many neurosecretory cells. This book focuses on the development of sensory and ...

Development of Sensory and Neurosecretory Cell Types Vertebrate Cranial Placodes, volume 1

Development of Sensory and Neurosecretory Cell Types: Vertebrate Cranial Placodes, volume 1

1st Edition

By Gerhard Schlosser
June 18, 2021

Most of the cranial sense organs of vertebrates arise from embryonic structures known as cranial placodes. Such placodes also give rise to sensory neurons that transmit information to the brain as well as to many neurosecretory cells. This book focuses on the development of sensory and ...

Evolutionary Origin of Sensory and Neurosecretory Cell Types Vertebrate Cranial Placodes, volume 2

Evolutionary Origin of Sensory and Neurosecretory Cell Types: Vertebrate Cranial Placodes, volume 2

1st Edition

By Gerhard Schlosser
June 18, 2021

Most vertebrate cranial sense organs arise from placodes. These placodes give rise to sensory neurons that transmit information to the brain and neurosecretory cells. This book reviews the evolutionary origin of the sensory and neurosecretory cell types. It summarizes our current understanding of ...

Phenotypic Plasticity & Evolution Causes, Consequences, Controversies

Phenotypic Plasticity & Evolution: Causes, Consequences, Controversies

1st Edition

Edited By David W. Pfennig
June 01, 2021

Phenotypic plasticity – the ability of an individual organism to alter its features in direct response to a change in its environment – is ubiquitous. Understanding how and why this phenomenon exists is crucial because it unites all levels of biological inquiry. This book brings together ...

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