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In the light of evolution : essays from the laboratory and field

Author(s):
Losos, Jonathan B
Title(s):
In the light of evolution : essays from the laboratory and field / edited by Jonathan B. Losos.
Country of Publication:
United States
Publisher:
Greenwood Village, Colo. : Roberts and Co., c2011.
Description:
xi, 330 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780981519494
0981519490
LCCN:
2010037777
Electronic Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK210014/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK207171/
Summary:
In the Light of Evolution is a collection of essays by leading scientists, and includes essays by science writer Carl Zimmer, historian Janet Browne, and a foreword by journalist David Quammen. As Quammen says in his foreword, the book collects "reports from the field, plainspoken descriptions of lifetime obsessions, hard-earned bits of wisdom, and works in progress, pried loose from some of the most interesting, eminent researchers in evolutionary biology..." It is a book "for readers who are fascinated by evolutionary biology and who desire to understand better the day-by-day, species-by-species, ecosystem-by-ecosystem texture of its practice as a scientific profession." The book is intended for anyone with an interest in evolution, and it can be used in a wide variety of courses, including major's and non-major's introductory biology and evolution classes. - Publisher.
MeSH:
Biological Evolution*
Hominidae
Selection, Genetic
Publication Type(s):
Essays
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
Also issued online.
Contents:
Foreword / David Quammen -- Charles Darwin : traveller, author, and naturalist / Janet Browne -- Darwin in the pupkin patch or Bay Area travels with Charlie / James Curtsinger -- Darwin under the microscope : witnessing evolution in microbes / Carl Zimmer -- Four legs good, two legs fortuitous : brains, brawn, and the evolution of human bipedalism / Daniel E. Lieberman -- Detective work in the West Indies : integrating historical and experimental approaches to study the evolutionary diversification of island lizards / Jonathan B. Losos -- Patterns, process, and the parable of the coffeepot incident : arms races between newts and snakes from landscapes to molecules / Edmund D. Brodie III -- The herbivore's dilemma : never enough nitrogen / Naomi E. Pierce and Andrew Berry -- My island life / Luke Harmon -- Diversity in the weapons of sexual selection : horn evolution in dung beetles / Douglas Emlen -- Sex, society, and peacock tails : sexual selection from Darwin to modern times / Marlene Zuk and Teri J. Orr -- Sexual selection : a tutorial from the TĂșngara frog / Michael J. Ryan -- Guppies and the empirical study of adaptation / David Reznick -- O Sting, where is thy death? The evolution of altruism / David Queller -- King Midas and his many extremely young species : studies on speciation in Crater Lake cichlid fishes in Nicaraguan crater lakes / Axel Meyer -- From Darwin to DNA : the genetic basis of color adaptations / Hopi E. Hoekstra -- Fossil discovery and the origin of tetrapods / Ted Daeschler and Neil Shubin -- Longhorns, whitetails, and the evolution of "wild" / Harry W. Greene.
NLM ID:
101591179 [Book]

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