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The major transitions in evolution revisited /
edited by Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny.
imprint
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011.
description
x, 319 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0262015242 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780262015240 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011.
isbn
0262015242 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780262015240 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction : a dynamic view of evolution / Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny -- The miscellaneous transitions in evolution / Daniel W. McShea and Carl Simpson -- Alternative patterns of explanation for major transitions / Brett Calcott -- Biological ontogeny and hierarchical organization : a defense of rank freedom / Samir Okasha -- Darwinian populations and transitions in individuality / Peter Godfrey-Smith -- Evolvability reconsidered / Kim Sterelny -- To be or not to be : where is self-preservation in evolutionary theory? / Pamela Lyon -- The evolution of restraint in structured populations : setting the stage for an egalitarian major transition / Benjamin Kerr and Joshua Nahum -- Conflicts among levels of selection as fuel for the evolution of individuality / Paul B. Rainey and Benjamin Kerr -- Evolutionary transitions in individuality : multicellularity and sex / Richard E. Michod -- How many levels are there? : how insights from evolutionary transitions in individuality help measure the hierarchical complexity of life / Carl Simpson -- Plant individuality and multilevel selection theory / Ellen Clarke -- Phylogenetic, functional, and geological perspectives on complex multicellularity / Andrew H. Knoll and David Hewitt -- The small picture approach to the big picture : using DNA sequences to investigate the diversification of animal body plans / Lindell Bromham -- Concluding remarks / Eörs Szathmáry and Chrisantha Fernando.
catalogue key
7645590
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-11-01:
The late John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary wrote The Major Transitions in Evolution in 1995 (CH, Nov'95, 33-1525). The influence of this book was substantial, and it spawned considerable debate and research in evolutionary biology. Since then, considerable progress has been made on the questions raised by Maynard Smith and Szathmary. This work, edited by philosophers Calcott and Sterelny (both, Australian National Univ.), revisits major evolutionary transitions in light of new developments in the field. The book spans major themes in evolutionary biology. For example, it provides a critique of the framework by which scientists have examined the history of life, the evolution of cooperation and multicellularity, biological hierarchy and its implications for evolution, multilevel selection theory, differential evolvability of lineages, evolution in prokaryotes, and the origins of multicellularity and specialization. The editors introduce each major section of the book; Szathmary coauthors the concluding chapter. A must read for biologists interested in major transitions and for philosophical biologists. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. R. B. Pratt California State University--Bakersfield
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"Calcott and Sterelny deserve our thanks for bringing together a renowned group ofphilosophers and evolutionary biologists to revisit a recent classic with a fair yet critical tonethat also treats readers to a glimpse of the cutting edge. This collection is a "mustread" for anyone interested in the promise of theoretical unification in evolutionary biology."-- The Quarterly Review of Biology
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In 1995, John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry published their influential book 'The Major Transitions in Evolution'. In this volume, scholars reconsider and extend the earlier book's themes in light of recent developments in evolutionary biology.
Main Description
In 1995, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary published their influential book The Major Transitions in Evolution . The "transitions" that Maynard Smith and Szathmary chose to describe all constituted major changes in the kinds of organisms that existed but, most important, these events also transformed the evolutionary process itself. The evolution of new levels of biological organization, such as chromosomes, cells, multicelled organisms, and complex social groups radically changed the kinds of individuals natural selection could act upon. Many of these events also produced revolutionary changes in the process of inheritance, by expanding the range and fidelity of transmission, establishing new inheritance channels, and developing more open-ended sources of variation. Maynard Smith and Szathmary had planned a major revision of their work, but the death of Maynard Smith in 2004 prevented this. In this volume, prominent scholars (including Szathmary himself) reconsider and extend the earlier book's themes in light of recent developments in evolutionary biology. The contributors discuss different frameworks for understanding macroevolution, prokaryote evolution (the study of which has been aided by developments in molecular biology), and the complex evolution of multicellularity.
Main Description
In 1995, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary published their influential book The Major Transitions in Evolution. The "transitions" that Maynard Smith and Szathmary chose to describe all constituted major changes in the kinds of organisms that existed but, most important, these events also transformed the evolutionary process itself. The evolution of new levels of biological organization, such as chromosomes, cells, multicelled organisms, and complex social groups radically changed the kinds of individuals natural selection could act upon. Many of these events also produced revolutionary changes in the process of inheritance, by expanding the range and fidelity of transmission, establishing new inheritance channels, and developing more open-ended sources of variation. Maynard Smith and Szathmary had planned a major revision of their work, but the death of Maynard Smith in 2004 prevented this. In this volume, prominent scholars (including Szathmary himself) reconsider and extend the earlier book's themes in light of recent developments in evolutionary biology. The contributors discuss different frameworks for understanding macroevolution, prokaryote evolution (the study of which has been aided by developments in molecular biology), and the complex evolution of multicellularity.
Main Description
In 1995, John Maynard Smith and E rs Szathm ry published their influential book The Major Transitions in Evolution. The "transitions" that Maynard Smith and Szathm ry chose to describe all constituted major changes in the kinds of organisms that existed but, most important, these events also transformed the evolutionary process itself. The evolution of new levels of biological organization, such as chromosomes, cells, multicelled organisms, and complex social groups radically changed the kinds of individuals natural selection could act upon. Many of these events also produced revolutionary changes in the process of inheritance, by expanding the range and fidelity of transmission, establishing new inheritance channels, and developing more open-ended sources of variation.Maynard Smith and Szathm ry had planned a major revision of their work, but the death of Maynard Smith in 2004 prevented this. In this volume, prominent scholars (including Szathm ry himself) reconsider and extend the earlier book's themes in light of recent developments in evolutionary biology. The contributors discuss different frameworks for understanding macroevolution, prokaryote evolution (the study of which has been aided by developments in molecular biology), and the complex evolution of multicellularity.
Main Description
In 1995, John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry published their influential book The Major Transitions in Evolution. The "transitions" that Maynard Smith and Szathmáry chose to describe all constituted major changes in the kinds of organisms that existed but, most important, these events also transformed the evolutionary process itself. The evolution of new levels of biological organization, such as chromosomes, cells, multicelled organisms, and complex social groups radically changed the kinds of individuals natural selection could act upon. Many of these events also produced revolutionary changes in the process of inheritance, by expanding the range and fidelity of transmission, establishing new inheritance channels, and developing more open-ended sources of variation.Maynard Smith and Szathmáry had planned a major revision of their work, but the death of Maynard Smith in 2004 prevented this. In this volume, prominent scholars (including Szathmáry himself) reconsider and extend the earlier book's themes in light of recent developments in evolutionary biology. The contributors discuss different frameworks for understanding macroevolution, prokaryote evolution (the study of which has been aided by developments in molecular biology), and the complex evolution of multicellularity.

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