Evolution by Association

Evolution by Association : A History of Symbiosis

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In this comprehensive history of symbiosis theory-the first to be written-Jan Sapp masterfully traces it development from modest beginnings in the late nineteenth century to its current status as one of the key conceptual frameworks for the life sciences. The symbiotic perspective on evolution, which argues that "higher species" have evolved from a merger of two or more different kinds of organism living together, is now clearly established with definitive molecular evidence demonstrating that mitochondria and chloroplasts have evolved from symbiotic bacteria. In telling the exciting story of an evolutionary biology tradition that has effectively challenged many key tenets of classical neo-Darwinism, Sapp sheds light on the phenomenon, movements, doctrines, and controversies that have shaped attitudes about the scope and significance of symbiosis. Engaging and insightful, Evolution by Association will avidly read by students and researchers across the life sciences.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 155.4 x 233.7 x 18.8mm | 432.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195088212
  • 9780195088212

About Jan Sapp

Jan Sapp is a professor of Science Studies at York University, Canada. He is author of Beyond the Gene: Cytoplasmic Inheritance and the Struggle for Authority and Where the Truth Lies: Franz Moewus and the Origins of Molecular Biology.show more

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In this comprehensive history of symbiosis theory - the first to be written - Jan Sapp masterfully traces its development from modest beginnings in the late nineteenth century to its current status as one of the key conceptual frameworks for the life sciences. The symbiotic perspective on evolution, which argues that 'higher species' have evolved from a merger of two or more different kinds of organisms living together, is now clearly established with definitive molecular evident demonstrating that mitochondria and chloroplasts have evolved from symbiotic bacteria. In telling the exciting story of an evolutionary biology tradition that has effectively challenged many key tents of classical neo-Darwinism, Sapp sheds light on the phenomena, movements, doctrines, and controversies that have shaped attitudes about the scope and significance of symbiosis.show more

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From reviews of the hardback: 'a scholarly account of one of the most important, yet neglected, areas of 20th-century biology New Scientist 'a delightful historical complement to the available texts ... a scholarly overview of the conceptual aspects of the subject.' Natureshow more

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