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The study of evolutionary adaptation returns to the centre stage of biology with this volume. This treatsie discusses new developments in adaption, with new methods, and new theoretical foundations, achievements and prospects for a rich future. Adaption is established as a fundamental corner-stone of evloution by means of natural selection. This text is a reintroduction to the themes that Darwin and his successors regarded as central to any profound understanding of biology.
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  • Hardback | 550 pages
  • 180.34 x 256.54 x 30.48mm | 1,111.3g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • references, index
  • 012596420X
  • 9780125964203

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Introduction: post-spandrel adaptationism, M.R. Rose and G.V. Lauder; concepts and theories of adaptation: history and concepts of adaptation, R. Amundson, the argument from design, G. Lauder; optimization and adaptation, J. Seger and J.W. Stubblefield, genes and adaptation - a pocket guide to the theory, M. Kirkpatrick; empirical methods for studying adaptation: testing adaptation using phenotypic manipulations, B. Sinervo and A. Basolo, phylogenetic systematics of adaptation, J. Losos and A. Larson, laboratory evolution - the experimental wonderland and the Cheshire Cat syndrome, M.R. Rose, T.J. Nusbaum, and A.K. Chippendale, the empirical study of adaptation in natural populations, R. Hudson, molecular population genetics of adaptation, R. Hudson, paleontological data and the study of adaptation, M. Novacek; diversity of adaptive processes: resistance and response - adaptation and its implication for individuals and clades, G. Vermeij, adaptation in subdivided populations - Kin selection and interdemic selection, M.J. Wade, adaptation and selection of genomic parasites, L.D. Hurst, the design of natural and artificial adaptive systems, S.A. Frank.
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