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Published: 10 April 2003

814 Pages | numerous halftones & line drawings


ISBN: 9780195122350

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Developmental Plasticity and Evolution

Mary Jane West-Eberhard

  • Addresses many issues omitted in previous attempts at synthesis of development and evolution, for the first time presenting a definitive and broad analysis of both concepts and relevant data
  • Contains numerous original ideas and connections not published elsewhere
  • Indicates, in historical terms, why major controversies have persisted for decades, and how they can be solved
  • Looks at developmental issues from the point of view of an evolutionary biologist rather than, as in so-called evo-devo, looking at developmental biology with a limited view of evolution as concerning only morphology and phylogeny.
  • Backs up every theoretical assertion with examples, drawing on findings in virtually all ares of biology
  • Gives the most thorough available resolution of the nature-nurture problem in both development and evolution

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