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The major transitions in evolution revisited

Author: Brett Calcott; Kim Sterelny; Eörs Szathmáry
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2011.
Series: Vienna series in theoretical biology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Named Person: John Maynard Smith; Eörs Szathmáry; John Maynard Smith; Eörs Szathmáry
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brett Calcott; Kim Sterelny; Eörs Szathmáry
ISBN: 9780262015240 0262015242
OCLC Number: 649700151
Notes: Kim Sterelny teaches at both the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University; and Department of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington. Includes paper by Paul B. Rainey, New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University.
Description: x, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Vienna series in theoretical biology.
Responsibility: edited by Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny.


Drawing on recent advances in evolutionary biology, prominent scholars return to the question posed in a pathbreaking book: how evolution itself evolved.  Read more...
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Calcott and Sterelny deserve our thanks for bringing together a renowned group of philosophers and evolutionary biologists to revisit a recent classic with a fair yet critical tone that also treats Read more...

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