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Adaptation and Natural Selection : A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought - George Christopher Williams

Adaptation and Natural Selection

A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought

Paperback Published: 1st May 1996
ISBN: 9780691026152
Number Of Pages: 328

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Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His "Adaptation and Natural Selection, " now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.

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"A beautifully written and excellently reasoned essay in defense of Darwinian selection as a sufficient theory to explain evolution without the necessity of group selection, population adaptation, or progress."--R. C. Lewontin, Science "This is an exciting, significant, and important work... On the whole it will have a very beneficial influence on biology with a rich supply of subjects and targets for some years to come... This is a carefully constructed, carefully written scholarly work, in the best sense of these words."--L. B. Slobodkin, The Quarterly Review of Biology

Preface (1996)
Introductionp. 3
Natural Selection, Adaptation, and Progressp. 20
Natural Selection, Ecology and Morphogenesisp. 56
Group Selectionp. 92
Adaptations of the Genetic Systemp. 125
Reproductive Physiology and Behaviorp. 158
Social Adaptationsp. 193
Other Supposedly Group-Related Adaptationsp. 221
The Scientific Study of Adaptationp. 251
Literature Citedp. 275
Indexp. 291
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ISBN: 9780691026152
ISBN-10: 0691026157
Series: Princeton Science Library (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st May 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 12.8 x 20.3  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Type: Revised

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