Environment, Development, and Evolution: Toward a Synthesis by Brian K. Hall,Roy D. Pearson,Gerd B. Müller

By Brian K. Hall,Roy D. Pearson,Gerd B. Müller

Evolutionary developmental biology, sometimes called evo-devo or EDB, seeks
to discover hyperlinks among improvement and evolution through commencing the "black field" of
development's position in evolution and within the evolution of developmental mechanisms. In
specific, this quantity emphasizes the jobs of our surroundings and of hormonal
signaling in evo-devo. It brings jointly a bunch of major researchers to analyze
the dynamic interplay of environmental components with developmental and
physiological approaches and to envision how environmental indications are translated into
phenotypic swap, from the molecular and mobile point to organisms and teams of
organisms. Taken jointly, those chapters reveal the an important roles of those
tactics of genetic, developmental, physiological, and hormonal swap that
underpin evolutionary switch in improvement, morphology, body structure, habit, and
life-history.Part I investigates hyperlinks among environmental signs and
developmental strategies that may be preserved over evolutionary time. Several
members assessment the paintings of the past due Ryuichi Matsuda, specially his emphasis
at the function of the exterior atmosphere in genetic switch and variability
("pan-environmentalism"). different participants partly I study assorted elements of
environmental-genetic-evolutionary linkages, together with the significance of alternate
ontogenies in evolution and the ambiguity of balance over lengthy classes of
evolutionary time. half II examines the plasticity that characterizes a lot of
improvement, with individuals discussing such issues as gene regulatory networks
and heterochronicity. half III analyzes the function of hormones and metamorphosis in
the evolution of such organisms with exchange life-history phases as lampreys,
amphibians, and insects.

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