Homology : The Hierarchical Basis of Comparative Biology

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Homology, the similarity between organisms that is due to common ancestry, is the central concept of all comparative biology. However, the application of this concept varies depending on the data being examined. This volume represents a state-of-the-art treatment of the different applications of this unifyinf. Chapters deal with homology on all levels from molecules to behavior, and are authored by leading contributors to systematics, natural history, evolutionary and comparative biology. Features: * Special Features Include: * Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Sir Richard Owen's seminal paper distinguishing homology from analogy * Contributors who are renowned leaders in comparative biology * Coverage that is both comprehensive and interdisciplinary
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  • Hardback | 475 pages
  • 152 x 222 x 32mm | 762.05g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0123189209
  • 9780123189202

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Introduction. Richard Owen and the Concept of Homology. Homology, Topology and Typology: The History of the Modern Debates. Homology and Systematics. Homology, Form and Function. Can Biometrical Shape Be a Homologous Character?. Homology, Development and Heredity. History, Ontogeny and Evolution of the Archetype. Homology and the Mechanisms of Development. Within and Between Organisms: Replicators, Lineages and Homologues. Homology in Molecular Biology. Homology and Behavioral Repertoires. Complexity and Homology in Plants. Homology, Homeosis and Process Morphology in Plants.
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