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Environment, Development, and Evolution : Toward a Synthesis - Brian K. Hall

Environment, Development, and Evolution

Toward a Synthesis

By: Brian K. Hall (Editor), Roy Douglas Pearson (Editor), Gerd B. Muller (Editor)

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Evolutionary developmental biology, also known as evo-devo or EDB, seeks to find links between development and evolution by opening the "black box" of development's role in evolution and in the evolution of developmental mechanisms. In particular, this volume emphasizes the roles of the environment and of hormonal signaling in evo-devo. It brings together a group of leading researchers to analyze the dynamic interaction of environmental factors with developmental and physiological processes and to examine how environmental signals are translated into phenotypic change, from the molecular and cellular level to organisms and groups of organisms. Taken together, these chapters demonstrate the crucial roles of those processes of genetic, developmental, physiological, and hormonal change that underpin evolutionary change in development, morphology, physiology, behavior, and life-history.Part I investigates links between environmental signals and developmental processes that could be preserved over evolutionary time. Several contributors evaluate the work of the late Ryuichi Matsuda, especially his emphasis on the role of the external environment in genetic change and variability ("pan-environmentalism"). Other contributors in part I analyze different aspects of environmental-genetic-evolutionary linkages, including the importance of alternate ontogenies in evolution and the paradox of stability over long periods of evolutionary time. Part II examines the plasticity that characterizes much of development, with contributors discussing such topics as gene regulatory networks and heterochronicity. Part III analyzes the role of hormones and metamorphosis in the evolution of such organisms with alternate life-history stages as lampreys, amphibians, and insects.

"Ryuichi Matsuda and his work are unknown or at least underappreciated by evolutionary biologists. This book, which features stimulating essays and reviews, should correct this situation. The focus is on mechanisms (e.g. endocrinological) that enable environmental changes to initiate developmental changes that influence evolution. The chapters are filled with ideas and new perspectives that offer alternatives to the ways most evolutionists think."--David B. Wake, Professor of Integrative Biology and Curator, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley

Series Forewordp. vii
Introduction: Evolution as the Control of Development by Ecologyp. ix
Environment, Epigenetics, And Evolution
Ryuichi Matsuda: His Contributions to the Integration of the Environment, Physiology, and Evolutionp. 3
Epigenetics and Environment: The Historical Matrix of Matsuda's Pan-Environmentalismp. 7
Alternative Ontogenies and Evolution: A Farewell to Gradualismp. 37
The Determined Embryo: Homeodynamics, Hormones, and Heredityp. 67
Ecology, Development, and Evolution: Perspectives from the Fossil Recordp. 85
Plasticity In Development And Life-History Evolution
Ryuichi Matsuda: A Tribute and a Perspective on Pan-Environmentalism and Genetic Assimilationp. 109
A View of Phenotypic Plasticity from Molecules to Morphogenesisp. 117
A Framework for Studying the Evolution of Gene Networks Underlying Polyphenism: Insights from Winged and Wingless Ant Castesp. 125
Conceptualizing Heterochrony: It's Time for Change! or, Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?p. 139
Environmental Effects, Embryonization, and the Evolution of Viviparityp. 151
The Origin of Novel Phenotypes: Correlational Selection, Epistasis, and Speciationp. 171
Hormones, Metamorphosis, And Evolution
Thyroid Hormone-Mediated Development in Vertebrates: What Makes Frogs Uniquep. 197
The Impact of Environmental and Hormonal Cues on the Evolution of Fish Metamorphosisp. 239
Evolutionary Aspects of Thyroid Hormone Effects in Invertebratesp. 279
Contributorsp. 297
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780262083195
ISBN-10: 0262083191
Series: Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st November 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.65

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