Modular Evolution: How Natural Selection Produces Biological Complexity (Paperback)
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Modular Evolution: How Natural Selection Produces Biological Complexity (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 15/07/2010
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Natural selection is more than the survival of the fittest: it is a force engendering higher biological complexity. Presenting a new explanation for the tendency of life to become more complex through evolution, this book offers an introduction to the key debates in evolutionary theory, including the role of genes and sex in evolution, the adaptive reasons for senescence and death and the origin of neural information. The author argues that biological complexity increased through the process of 'modularity transfer': modular phenotypes (proteins, somatic cells, learned behaviours) evolved into new modular information carriers (regulatory proteins, neural cells, words), giving rise to new information systems and higher levels of biological organisation. Modular Evolution makes sense of the unique place of humans in evolution, both as the pinnacle of biological complexity and inventors of non-biological evolution.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521728775
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... interesting and informative ...' Evolution & Development
'... stimulating food for thought ...' The Quarterly Review of Biology
"Readers will be well rewarded by the nice representation of both sides of each controversial topic and the fresh perspective on biological complexity, especially those interested in an evolutionary perspective of development. Highly recommended." J.E. Platz, Creighton University for Choice Magazine
"I found Modular Evolution to be interesting and informative... This book encourages us to continue to evaluate what we consider a "major transition" with an eye towards understanding the important development and evolutionary mechanisms that have led to complex and diverse phenotypes." Tami Cruickshank, Evolution & Development
"Each chapter introduction artfully sets the stage, biologically and historically, with the subject discussed in a flowing, chronological fashion. The conclusions generally summarize the material and introduce the reader to the next chapter. Modular Evolution is a fascinating book that dives into current topics in evolutionary biology while offering an intriguing framework for understanding biological complexity." Anit Raja Banerjee, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
"The central five chapters of the book offer concise introductions into several key debates in evolutionary biology linked to different levels of biological organization and offer stimulating food for thought even for those readers who are not convinced by the author's general perspective." Gerhard Schlosser, Quarterly Review of Biology

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