Epigenetic Principles of Evolution

Epigenetic Principles of Evolution

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This is the first and only book, so far, to deal with the causal basis of evolution from an epigenetic view. By revealing the epigenetic "user" of the "genetic toolkit", this book demonstrates the primacy of epigenetic mechanisms and epigenetic information in generating evolutionary novelties.

The author convincingly supports his theory with a host of examples from the most varied fields of biology, by emphasizing changes in developmental pathways as the basic source of evolutionary change in metazoans.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 846 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 56mm | 1,401.59g
  • London, England, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • 0124158315
  • 9780124158313
  • 1,156,936

Table of contents

Introduction

Part 1: Epigenetic Basis of Metazoan Heredity



Control Systems and Determination of Phenotypic Traits in Metazoans
Neural Manipulation of Gene Expression
Epigenetic Control of Reproduction
Epigenetic Control of Early Development
Neural Control of Postphylotypic Development
The Epigenetic System of Heredity - An Outline
Part 2: Neural-Developmental Premises of Evolutionary Adaptation

Evolution and Stress Responses to Changes in Environment
Behavioral Adaptation to Changed Conditions of Living
Ontology: The Workshop of Evolutionary Change
Intragenerational Developmental Plasticity
Part 3: Epigenetics of Circumevolutionary Phenomena and the Mechansim of the Evolutionary Change

Transgenerational Developmental Plasticity - An Epitome of Evolutionary Change
Evolution of Metazoans and Their Control System
Part 4: Epigenetics of Metazoan Evolution

Origins of Evolutionary Novelty
Evolution by Loss
Evolution by Reverting to Ancestral Characters
Neural Crest-Determined Evolutionary Novelties
Evolutionary Convergences: The Trend Toward Sameness in Metazoan Evolution
Species and Allopatric Speciaition
Epigentics of Sympatric Speciation - Speciation as a Mechanism of Evolution
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"Cabej (biology, U. of Tirana, Albania) explains the epigenetic principles of evolution (as opposed to the theory of evolution as determined by changes in genes) and reconstructs the developmental mechanisms of evolutionary changes in metazoans, based on empirical evidence. He focuses on the mechanisms of the generation of the evolutionary innovations from the influence of environment on heredity rather than the role of natural selection. He discusses control systems and determination of phenotypic traits in metazoans, neural manipulation of gene expression, epigenetic control of reproduction and early development, neural control of postphylotypic development, and the epigenetic system of inheritance. He follows with description of neural-developmental premises of evolutionary adaptation, including evolution and stress responses and behavioral adaptation to changes in environment, ontogeny, and intragenerational developmental plasticity; epigenetics of circumevolutionary phenomena and the mechanism of evolutionary change, including transgenerational developmental plasticity and the evolution of metazoans and their control system; and the origins of evolutionary novelty, evolution by loss or by reverting to ancestral characters, neural crest-determined evolutionary novelties, evolutionary convergences, species and allopatric speciation, and sympatric speciation. He presents the available evidence for his theory, rather than illustrating an established theory, and includes a comparative presentation of the neo-Darwinian view to his epigenetic explanation. There is no index."-- Reference and Research Book News, October 2012
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"Cabej (biology, U. of Tirana, Albania) explains the epigenetic principles of evolution (as opposed to the theory of evolution as determined by changes in genes) and reconstructs the developmental mechanisms of evolutionary changes in metazoans, based on empirical evidence. He focuses on the mechanisms of the generation of the evolutionary innovations from the influence of environment on heredity rather than the role of natural selection. He discusses control systems and determination of phenotypic traits in metazoans, neural manipulation of gene expression, epigenetic control of reproduction and early development, neural control of postphylotypic development, and the epigenetic system of inheritance. He follows with description of neural-developmental premises of evolutionary adaptation, including evolution and stress responses and behavioral adaptation to changes in environment, ontogeny, and intragenerational developmental plasticity; epigenetics of circumevolutionary phenomena and the mechanism of evolutionary change, including transgenerational developmental plasticity and the evolution of metazoans and their control system; and the origins of evolutionary novelty, evolution by loss or by reverting to ancestral characters, neural crest-determined evolutionary novelties, evolutionary convergences, species and allopatric speciation, and sympatric speciation. He presents the available evidence for his theory, rather than illustrating an established theory, and includes a comparative presentation of the neo-Darwinian view to his epigenetic explanation. There is no index."--Reference and Research Book News, October 2012
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About Nelson R. Cabej

Dr. Nelson R. Cabej is the author of Epigenetic Principles Of Evolution (Elsevier, 2011) and Building The Most Complex Structure On Earth (Elsevier, 2013), in which he examines the role of epigenetic mechanisms in organismal evolution. He has published more than 40 scientific articles and 10 books in English and his native language of Albanian on evolutionary biology, epigenetics, and developmental biology. Dr. Cabej earned his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Tirana, Albania, and presently serves as Researcher in the Department of Biology at the university. He has previously taught biology at William Paterson College, Wayne, N.J, USA.
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