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Rates of Evolution

1st Edition

Edited by K.S.W. Campbell, M.F. Day


330 pages

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Originally published in 1987 Rates of Evolution is an edited collection drawn from a symposium convened to bring together palaeontologists, geneticists, molecular biologists and developmental biologists to examine some aspects of the problem of evolutionary rates. The book asks questions surrounding the study of evolution, such as did large morphological changes really occur rapidly at various times in the geological past, or is the fossil record too imperfect to be of value in assessing rates of morphological change? What is the measure of ‘rapid’ change? Is stasis at any taxonomic level established? Is it possible to relate genomic and morphological change? What is the role of regulatory and executive genes in controlling evolutionary change? Does the transfer of genetic material between different taxa provide the possibility of increasing evolutionary rates? Featuring contributions from leading researchers, this book will interest anthropologists, palaeontology and scientists of evolution and genetics.

Table of Contents


1 Major Features of the Fossil Record and Their Implications for Evolutionary Rate Studies, D.M. Raup

2. The Timing of Major Evolutionary Innovations from the Origin of Life to the Origins of the Metaphya and Metazoa: The Geological Evidence, M.R. Walter

3. Rates and Modes of Evolution in the Mollusca, B. Runnegar

4. Rates of Evolution Among Palaeozoic Echinoderms, K.S.W. Campbell and C.R. Marshall

5. The Initial Radiation and Rise to Dominance of the Angiosperms, E.M. Truswell

6. Selection or Constraint?: A Proposal on the Mechanism for Stasis, P.G. Williamson

7. Development Pathways and Evolutionary Rates, D.T. Anderson

8. Population Biology and Evolutionary Change, I.R. Franklin

9. Comparative Rates of Molecular, Chromosomal and Morphological Evolution in Some Australian Vertebrates, P.R. Baverstock and M. Adams

10. Evolution of Gene Structure in Relation to Function, J.A. Thomson

11. Popular Genetics, Evolutionary Rates and Neo-Darwinism, H.L. Carson

12. Genetic Systems and Evolutionary Rates, A.R. Templeton

13. The Origin, Nature and Significance of Genetic Variation in Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes, D.C. Reanney

14. Old and New Theories of Evolution, J. Langridge

15. From Genome to Phenotype, G.L.G. Miklos and B. John

16. The New Gene and its Evolution, J.H. Campbell


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Evolution

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1913 and 1997, draw together research by leading academics in the area of evolution and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The collection examines evolution from a broad range of disciplines, from the anthropological development of modern society, to the scientific examinations of cellular and genetic evolution. The collection includes volumes across the disciplines of biology, natural history, anthropology, sociology and religion. The 16 books that comprise this collection include rigorous examinations into the psychological evolution of the brain, philosophical and theological examinations of evolution, analysis of genetic and cellular evolution, discussions of Darwinian theory, the affect of survival of the fittest from both genetic and political standpoints and examinations into the affinity between man and ape. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse subject of evolution and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of biology and anthropology, but of history, psychology and religion.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General