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Modular evolution
Lucio Vinicius

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Modular evolution
how natural selection produces biological complexity
Lucio Vinicius

Published 2010 by Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

"Natural selection is more than the survival of the fittest: it is a force engendering higher biological complexity. Presenting a new explanation for the tendency of life to become more complex through evolution, this book offers an introduction to the key debates in evolutionary theory, including the role of genes and sex in evolution, the adaptive reasons for senescence and death and the origin of neural information. The author argues that biological complexity increased through the process of 'modularity transfer': modular phenotypes (proteins, somatic cells, learned behaviours) evolved into new modular information carriers (regulatory proteins, neural cells, words), giving rise to new information systems and higher levels of biological organisation. Modular Evolution makes sense of the unique place of humans in evolution, both as the pinnacle of biological complexity and inventors of non-biological evolution"--

Table of Contents

From natural selection to the history of nature
From the units of inheritance to the origin of species
Multicellularity and the developmental code
Life cycle evolution : life and death of the soma
Sex and its consequences : the transition that never happened
Animal societies : the case of incomplete evolutionary transitions
The new "chain of being" : hierarchical evolution and biological complexity.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
QH366.2 .V55 2010

The Physical Object

xii, 235 p. :
Number of pages

ID Numbers

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Internet Archive
0521429641, 0521728770
9780521429641, 9780521728775
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