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    DescriptionEvo Devo is evolutionary developmental biology, the third revolution in evolutionary biology. The first was marked by the publication of The Origin of Species. The second occurred in the early twentieth century, when Darwin's theories were merged with the study of genetics. Now the insights of Evo Devo are astonishing the biology world by showing how the endless forms of animals butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans, are made and evolved. Perhaps the most surprising finding of Evo Devo is the discovery that a small number of primitive genes led to the formation of fundamental organs and appendages in all animal forms. The gene that causes humans to form arms and legs is the same gene that causes birds and insects to form wings, and fish to form fins; similarly, one ancient gene has led to the creation of eyes across the animal kingdom. Changes in the way this ancient tool kit of genes is used have created all the diversity that surrounds us. Sean Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure he is the acknowledged leader of the field, and his seminal discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times."


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    Endless Forms Most Beautiful
    The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sean B. Carroll
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 239 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 670 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393060164
    ISBN 10: 0393060160

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.1
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PSAK
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC22: 576.5
    BISAC V2.8: SCI029000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16730
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    LC classification: QH453
    B&T Approval Code: A50890000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI027000, SCI072000
    DC22: 571.85
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    DC22: 571.8/5
    LC classification: QH453 .C37 2005
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    29 July 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review text
    The key to understanding diversity in nature is what happens in the embryo, says Carroll (Genetics/Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison), and he provides compelling proof. One of the great revelations of comparative genome studies over the past 20 years has been the discovery that animals share certain sets of master genes and switches that determine the ultimate shape of the animal, from flies and centipedes to mice and men. The fruit fly, for example, has a set of "Hox" genes on a single chromosome ordered in such a way that when expressed, they shape the fly's body from head to end. Mind-bogglingly, these same Hox genes, or multiples of them on different chromosomes, are found in vertebrates, mammals and humans-where they play the same roles. Such "tool-kit" genes, as Carroll calls them, and the all-important genetic switches that orchestrate where and when the tool-kit proteins are turned on, not only determine animal forms but more nuanced details. These discoveries, along with the realization that embryonic development builds on repeated modular forms (think of the multiple segments of the human spine) are also clues to complexity: Further tinkering in gene expression and timing can lead to new, specialized appendages like arms and legs or wings and webbed feet. Admittedly, taking in all the details of these discoveries in the early chapters can be heavy going, but if the reader persists, there are delights to come. In the latter half, Carroll neatly describes the development of eyespots on butterfly wings, stripes in zebras, circles on fruit flies and red hair on redheads. His final chapters tackle human evolution, providing an up-to-date reprise of current fossil finds and speculation on how unique human traits may have developed. All this is further fallout from the new field of "evo devo" (evolutionary developmental biology) and provides more fuel to fight the creationist/intelligent-design folks. Deserves to find its way into schoolrooms across the nation. (Kirkus Reviews)