eBook Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124202373
  • ISBN-13: 9780124202375
  • DDC: 572.838
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 184 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
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Conceptual Breakthroughs in Evolutionary Genetics is a pithy, lively book occupying a special niche—the conceptual history of evolutionary genetics— not inhabited by any other available treatment. Written by a world-leading authority in evolutionary genetics, this work encapsulates and ranks 70 of the most significant paradigm shifts in evolutionary biology and genetics during the century-and-a-half since Darwin and Mendel. The science of evolutionary genetics is central to all of biology, but many students and other practitioners have little knowledge of its historical roots and conceptual developments. This book fills that knowledge gap in a thought-provoking and readable format. This fascinating chronological journey along the many conceptual pathways to our modern understanding of evolutionary and genetic principles is a wonderful springboard for discussions in undergraduate or graduate seminars in evolutionary biology and genetics. But more than that, anyone interested in the history and philosophy of science will find much of value between its covers.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
1: The First 50 Years (1859–1910): Laying the Foundations.
2: 1859 Whose Handiwork?.
3: 1861 Spontaneous Generation.
4: 1865 The Nature of Heredity.
5: 1871 Pre-Copulatory Sexual Selection.
6: 1875 Nature versus Nurture.
7: 1876 Biogeography.
8: 1889 Germ Plasm.
9: 1902 The Etiology of Disabilities.
10: 1902 Autosomes.
11: 1905 Epistasis.
12: 1908 Hardy-Weinberg.
13: 1909 Genotype versus Phenotype.
14: 1909 Non-Mendelian Inheritance.
15: 1910 Sex Chromosomes.
16: The Next 50 Years (1910–1960): Expanding the Foundations.
17: 1912 Continental Drift.
18: 1915 Homeotic Genes.
19: 1927 Mutation.
20: 1930 Sex Ratio.
21: 1932 End of a Debate.
22: 1935 Biological Species.
23: 1937 Modern Synthesis.
24: 1942 Epigenetics.
25: 1944 Genetic Material.
26: 1950 Jumping Genes.
27: 1952 Pluripotency.
28: 1952 Aging.
29: 1953 Origins of Life.
30: 1954 Hybridization.
31: 1954 Life's Antiquity.
32: 1956 Evolution in Action.
33: The 1960s and 1970s: Dawn of the Molecular Era.
34: 1963 Molecular Phylogeny.
35: 1964 Kin Selection.
36: 1964 Coevolution.
37: 1965 Molecular Clocks.
38: 1966 Cladistics.
39: 1966 Individual Selection.
40: 1966 Genetic Variation.
41: 1967 Organelle Origins.
42: 1968 Genomic Structure.
43: 1968 Neutrality Theory.
44: 1969 Gene Regulation.
45: 1970 The Flow of Information.
46: 1970 Post-Copulatory Sexual Selection.
47: 1972 Jerky Evolution.
48: 1972 Recombinant DNA.
49: 1974 Parent–Offspring Conflict.
50: 1975 Human Genomic Uniqueness.
51: 1976 Selfish Genes.
52: 1977 Split Genes.
53: 1977 Domains of Life.
54: 1979 Phylogeography.
55: 1979 Exaptations.
56: 1979 Genetic Code.
57: Post-1980: Elaborating and Revisiting the Foundations.
58: 1980 Microbial Clonality.
59: 1982 Catalyzing New Thoughts.
60: 1982 Game Theory.
61: 1983 Conservation Genetics.
62: 1984 DNA Fingerprinting and Mating Systems.
63: 1987 Humans Out of Africa.
64: 1989 Fossil DNA.
65: 1991 Phylogenetic Character Mapping.
66: 1992 Evolutionary Psychology.
67: 1993 Regulatory RNAs.
68: 1994 Darwinian Medicine.
69: 1999 Lateral Transfer in the Web of Life.
70: 2001 Genomic Sequencing.
71: 2003 Barcoding Life.
72: 2003 Functional Pseudogenes.
73: 2004 Adaptive Speciation.
74: 2010 Comparative Genomics.
Epilogue.
Glossary.
Index.