The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited



The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited 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 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. New Read Books The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited by Brett Calcott – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 319 pages
  • The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited
  • Brett Calcott
  • English
  • 04 May 2018
  • 0262015242

10 thoughts on “The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

  1. Helio says:

    The introduction says this book is about patterns in evolution if there are patterns then it cannot be random mutation based Chapters bythan a dozen academics vary greatly in their readabilty and explore some of the concepts of evolutionary theory and its challenges I appreciated Pamela Lyon s chapter To be or not to be in knocking Dawkins notion of the Selfish Gene one of the few things I liked about Dawkins Dawkins s rhetorically potent conflation of selfishness with competitiv The introduction says this book is about patterns in evolution if there are patterns then it cannot be random mutation based Chapters bythan a dozen academics vary greatly in their readabilty and explore some of the concepts of evolutionary theory and its challenges I appreciated Pamela Lyon s chapter To be or not to be in knocking Dawkins notion of the Selfish Gene one of the ...

  2. Eric Lawton says:

    Wide ranging collection written by attendees at a conference, readable by someone with some undergrad biology or equivalent.I m not an expert but this was a good survey for me.

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