Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Endless Forms Most Beautiful : The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

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Sean Carroll explores how evolution has shaped nature's wondrous complexity and diversity, from insects to octopuses, from mice to men.

We not only share nearly 99% of our genes with chimps, we also have some 35% in common with daffodils. Throughout much of the animal and even plant kingdoms, almost the same ancient genes code for almost the same proteins. And further, to everyone's astonishment, the genes involved in making the complex eyes of fruitflies are close matches to those involved in making the very different eyes of octopuses and people. So what leads to the nature's 'endless forms most beautiful'?

The key to this mystery is being unravelled by 'Evo Devo' or the new science of evolutionary development biology. By looking at how a single-celled egg gives rise to a complex, multi-billion celled animal, Evo Devo is illuminating exactly how new species - butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans - are made and evolved. The key, it turns out, is all about location and timing...

For anyone who has ever pondered 'where did I come from', Endless Forms Most Beautiful explores our history, both the journey we have all made from egg to adult, and the long trek from the origin of life to the very recent origin of our species.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 199 x 26mm | 275g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 1849160481
  • 9781849160483
  • 29,335

Table of contents

Preface: Revolution No.3. Introduction: Butterflies, Zebras, and Embryos. The Making of Animals: Animal Architecture - Modern Forms, Ancient Designs; Monsters, Mutants, and Master Genes; From E.coli to Elephants; Making Babies - 25,000 Genes, Some Assembly Required; The Dark Matter of the Genome - Operating Instructions for the Tool Kit. Fossils, Genes, and the Making of Animal Diversity: The Big Bang of Animal Evolution; Little Bangs - Wings and Other Revolutionary Inventions; How the Butterfly Got Its Spots; Paint It Black; A Beautiful Mind - The Making of Homo sapiens; Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Sources and Further Reading. Acknowledgements. Index.
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'Sean B. Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure - he is the acknowledged leader of the field' Lewis Wolpert. * Lewis Wolpert * 'Impressively skilful first book' Independent. * Independent * 'A first-rate introduction to Evo Devo' Nature. * Nature * 'Carroll... writes in a lively style, peppering the book with endlessly fascinating examples' Scientific American. * Scientific American * 'Provides an essential glimpse into both the creation of life and the excitement of scientific discovery' Sunday Telegraph. * Sunday Telegraph * 'Makes Evo Devo accessible to a wider readership ... Carroll does it splendidly' Guardian. * Guardian *
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About Sean B. Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His scientific discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times, and Carroll himself has written articles for Natural History and Playboy. He and his wife and children reside in Madison, Wisconsin.
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