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Evolution of Life Histories : Theory and Analysis - Derek A. Roff

Evolution of Life Histories

Theory and Analysis

By: Derek A. Roff (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780412023910
Number Of Pages: 548

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There are many different types of organisms in the world: they differ in size, physiology, appearance, and life history. The challenge for evolutionary biology is to explain how such diversity arises. The Evolution of Life Histories does this by showing that natural selection is the principal underlying force molding life history variation. The book describes in particular the ways in which variation can be analyzed and predicted. It covers both the genetic and optimization approaches to life history analysis and gives an overview of the general framework of life history theory and the mathematical tools by which predictions can be made and tested. Factors affecting the age schedule of birth and death and the costs of reproduction are discussed. The Evolution of Life Histories concentrates on those theoretical developments that have been tested experimentally. It will interest both students and professionals in evolution, evolutionary ecology, mathematical and theoretical biology, and zoology and entomology. This book should be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students and professionals in life science, biology, entomology, ecology, evolution and zoology.

The Evolution of Life Histories is a superb book...The evolution of life histories is very readable...each chapter addressess its subject in both mathematical and empirical terms and concludes with a succinct, but informative summary, which adds greatly to the value of the book...The book is extremelly well organised with clear chapter sub-divisions, well thought out tables and excellent use is made of figures. All in all this is an excellent book and should appeal to scientists interested in ecological and evolutionary processes at every level from advanced undergraduate upwards. The very reasonable price means that there is really no excuse why this book should not grace a great many personal library shelves and it should be included in any university library catalogue as a matter of course. Bulletin of Entomological Research; The Evolution of Life Histories is a superb book...The evolution of life histories is very readable...each chapter addressess its subject in both mathematical and empirical terms and concludes with a succinct, but informative summary, which adds greatly to the value of the book...The book is extremelly well organised with clear chapter sub-divisions, well thought out tables and excellent use is made of figures. All in all this is an excellent book and should appeal to scientists interested in ecological and evolutionary processes at every level from advanced undergraduate upwards. The very reasonable price means that there is really no excuse why this book should not grace a great many personal library shelves and it should be included in any university library catalogue as a matter of course. Bulletin of Entomological Research; The Evolution of Life Histories is a superb book...The evolution of life histories is very readable...each chapter addressess its subject in both mathematical and empirical terms and concludes with a succinct, but informative summary, which adds greatly to the value of the book...The book is extremelly well organised with clear chapter sub-divisions, well thought out tables and excellent use is made of figures. All in all this is an excellent book and should appeal to scientists interested in ecological and evolutionary processes at every level from advanced undergraduate upwards. The very reasonable price means that there is really no excuse why this book should not grace a great many personal library shelves and it should be included in any university library catalogue as a matter of course. Bulletin of Entomological Research

Life history variations: a first look. Quantitative genetic background. Life history theory: a framework. Methods of analysis. The age schedules of birth and death. The cost of reproduction. Age and size at maturity. Reproductive effort. Clutch size. Offspring size. Final thoughts. Index.

ISBN: 9780412023910
ISBN-10: 0412023911
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 548
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.24  x 3.35
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Type: New edition