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The Evolution of Sex - John Maynard Smith

Paperback Published: 23rd October 1978
ISBN: 9780521293020
Number Of Pages: 236

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The question of why organisms reproduce sexually is still a matter of controversy. In this account, Professor Maynard Smith considers the selective forces responsible for the origin and evolution of sexual reproduction and genetic recombination, using quantitative population genetics arguments to support his ideas. The relative importance of individual and group selection processes are also considered. the aim is to give a clear statement of the theoretical issues, and present enough of the evidence to show what kinds of facts are relevant. It is hoped that where crucial evidence is missing, experimentalists and field workers may be encouraged to collect the relevant data. The author does not claim to solve all the problems he raises, but this clear and well-argued account should provide stimulating reading for advanced undergraduate students and research workers in evolutionary theory.

The problem
Some consequences of sex and recombination
The rate of evolution
Some consequences of sex and recombination
Muller's ratchet
Could sex be maintained by group selection? The comparative data
Recombination - the problem
Short-term advantages for sex and recombination
An unpredictable environment
Short-term advantages for sex and recombination
Selection in a finite population
Hermaphroditism, selfing and outcrossing
Anisogamy and the sex ratio
Sexual selection
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ISBN: 9780521293020
ISBN-10: 0521293022
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 23rd October 1978
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.3

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