Morphogenesis and Evolution

Morphogenesis and Evolution

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Today, developmental and evolutionary biologists are focusing renewed attention on the developmental process, specifically those genetic and cellular factors which influence variation in individual body shape or metabolism. They are attempting to understand better how evolutionary trends and patterns within individuals might be limited and controlled. In this important work, the author reviews the classical literature on embryology, morphogenesis, and palaeontology, and presents recent genetic and molecular studies on development. The result is a unique perspective on a set of problems of fundamental importance to developmental and evolutionary more

Product details

  • Hardback | 162 pages
  • 158 x 239.3 x 17.8mm | 444.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 figures
  • 0195049128
  • 9780195049121
  • 1,209,736

Review quote

'This is a useful little book, reviewing a great deal of information and ideas that palaeontologists ought to know, but which are often rather inaccessible to them. Thomson has a clear and felicitous writing style that helps to convey the gist of a complex set of problems.' Michael J. Benton, Geological Magazine 127 (1) 1990 'Thomson provides a refreshing reappraisal of evolutionary concepts. The book succeeds in its aim of returning to development its central role in the evolutionary drama.' THESshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; Theory, reduction, and hierarchy; Development: pattern and process; Early pattern formation; Example: early pattern formation in amphibia; Later pattern formation: morphogenesis; Some general properties of morphogenetic systems; Patterns of evolution; Morphogenesis and more