Evolutionary Theory and Processes: Modern Perspectives

Evolutionary Theory and Processes: Modern Perspectives : Papers in Honour of Eviatar Nevo

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This volwne consists ofpapers written by evolutionary, molecular and organismal biologists, geneticists, ecologists, behavioural ecologists, morphologists, mathematicians, theoreticians and experimentalists, in honour of Professor Eviatar (Eibi) Nevo on the occasion ofhis seventieth birthday. The contributors are only a small subset ofEibi's many friends, collaborators and students (not that one can distinguish these categories among Eibi's colleagues). His widespread influence and activity, both in Ismel and more genemlly, as a leading evolutionary biologist is indicated by his many co-authors on books and papers, and byhis many students integmted in teaching and research. Sensible publishers, and indeed readers, reflexively flinch from Festschrifts, which too often are well-intentioned but inchoate collections of papers (frequently recycled). This particular collection, however, is unified by the way the editors have built on Eibi's own work, to provide a connective narrative and synthesis, much ofwhich is new material. The unifYing thread is evolutionary theory.
As a result of recent advances at the interface between molecular and organismal biology, evolutionary theory is currently undergoing one of its most dynamic and dramatic developments, unravelling the origins, structure and evolution ofliving organisms. Over the past four decades, studies ofthe causes and consequences of biological diversity at every level - genes, genomes, populations, species, ecosystems, - have revolutionised evolutionary biology. New perspectives in ecological dynamics and in molecular biology and in diversity, along with complete sequencing ofthe first prokaryote and eukaryote genomes, highlight the evolutionary origins and relationships which underlie the unity and diversityoflife onour small planet.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 466 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 33.02mm | 884.5g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • LVI, 466 p.
  • 0792355180
  • 9780792355182

Table of contents

Foreword. Eviatar Nevo (in Honour of his 70th Birthday) List of Selected Publications of Eviatar Nevo. Introductory Remarks. List of Contributors. Part One: Evolutionary Theory. 1. HLA Polymorphism and Evolution; J.G. Bodmer, W.F. Bodmer. 2. Selection, Darwinian Fitness and Evolution in Local Populations; H.L. Carson. 3. Selection for Adaptive Traits as a Factor of Recombination Evolution: Evidence from Natural and Experimental Populations; A.B. Korol. 4. The Role of Recombination in Plant Genome Evolution; M.T. Clegg. 5. Variation and Fidelity: The Evolution of Simple Sequence Repeats as Functional Elements in Adjustable Genes; D.G. King, M. Soller. 6. TIMA a Recent Evolutionary Paradigm; G.D. Wassermann. 7. Stable Gene Associations in Breeding and Evolution of Grasses; A.A. Sozinov, et al. 8. Compositional Correlations and Gene Distribution of the Human Genome; O. Clay, et al. 9. At the World's Cross Roads; W.D. Hamilton. Part Two: Molecular Biology and Phylogeny. 10. Molecular Clocks and the Origin of Animals; F.J. Ayala, et al. 11. Using Gene Trees to Infer Species from Testable Null Hypothesis: Cohesion Species in the Spalax ehrenbergi Complex; A.R. Templeton. 12. Primate Phylogeny and Classification Elucidated at the Molecular Level; M. Goodman, et al. 13. Significant Segment Pair Alignment for Protein Sequences Between Animals, Plants, and Fungi; S. Karlin, L. Brocchieri. 14. Molecular Genetic Characterization of Two Insular Asian Cat Species, Bornean Bay Cat and Iriomote Cat; W.E. Johnson, et al. 15. Microsatellite Loci and the Origin of Modern Humans: Bayesian Analysis; F.M. Stefanini, M.W. Feldman. Part Three: Biodiversity and Speciation. 16. Can Biodiversity and Genetic Variability be Conserved in Hostile Environments? P.A. Parsons. 17. Species Diversity and Biology of Fungal Life in the Extremely Hypersaline Water of the Dead Sea; A.S. Buchalo, et al. 18. Speciation Patterns in Predominately Self-Pollinated Annuals; D. Zohary. 19. Allelic Variation at the MN Locus Varies with Climatic Variation in Africans and Native Americans; J.B. Mitton. 20. Genetic Structure of Natural Populations of the Parasitic Wasp Nasonia vitripennis Wlk. (Hymenoptera, Chalcididae) and the Role of Haplo-Diploid Sex Determination in Microevolution; S.M. Gershenson. Pioneer of the Evolutionary Genetics; M.D. Golubovsky. 21. Studies on Wild Barley, Hordeum spontaneum C. Koch at the Scottish Crop Research Institute; B.P. Forster. Part Four: Adaptive Evolutionary Strategies. 22. The Halophilic Arachaea-Evolutionary Relationships and Adaptation to Life at High Salt Concentrations; A. Oren. 23. The Functional Ecology of Nectar Guides in Relation to Insects Behavior and Vision; A. Dafni, M. Giurfa. 24. Syndrome of Eusociality in African Subterranean Mole-Rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia), its Diagnosis and Aetiology; H. Burda. 25. Afterripening, Amounts of Rain for Germination, and Seedling Drought Tolerance, of Local and Edaphic Geno-Ecotypes of Hordeum spontaneum C. Koch from Israel; Y. Gutterman, S. Gozlan. 26. Oviposition Site Selection in Response to Risk of Pr
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Review quote

`... the book can be recommended to anybody interested in evolutionary biology'
Acta Theriologica , 46 (2):221-223 (2001)
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