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 by way of commencing the "black field" of development's function in evolution and within the evolution of developmental mechanisms. In specific, this quantity emphasizes the jobs of our environment and of hormonal signaling in evo-devo. It brings jointly a gaggle of prime researchers to research the dynamic interplay of environmental components with developmental and physiological strategies and to envision how environmental signs are translated into phenotypic swap, from the molecular and mobile point to organisms and teams of organisms. Taken jointly, those chapters exhibit the the most important roles of these techniques of genetic, developmental, physiological, and hormonal swap that underpin evolutionary swap in improvement, morphology, body structure, habit, and life-history.Part I investigates hyperlinks among environmental signs and developmental techniques that may be preserved over evolutionary time. numerous participants evaluation the paintings of the past due Ryuichi Matsuda, in particular his emphasis at the function of the exterior atmosphere in genetic switch and variability ("pan-environmentalism"). different participants partially I learn diversified points of environmental-genetic-evolutionary linkages, together with the significance of trade ontogenies in evolution and the anomaly of balance over lengthy sessions of evolutionary time. half II examines the plasticity that characterizes a lot of improvement, with participants discussing such subject matters as gene regulatory networks and heterochronicity. half III analyzes the function of hormones and metamorphosis in the evolution of such organisms with trade life-history levels as lampreys, amphibians, and bugs.
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West-Eberhard MJ (1989) Phenotypic plasticity and the origins of diversity. Annu Rev Ecol System 20: 240–278. Zera AJ, Denno RF (1997) Physiology of dispersal polymorphism in insects. Annu Rev Entomol 42: 207–230. 2 Epigenetics and Environment: The Historical Matrix of Matsuda’s Pan-Environmentalism R. G. B. Reid If humans have only ten thousand genes more than roundworms, how did we come to be so different? Here is a conventional response. Both are products of more than a billion years of evolution from prokaryotes.
Søren Løvtrup is a pioneer of the current generation of developmental evolutionists. The publication of his Epigenetics (1974) was a bold attempt on the part of author and publisher to produce a definitive text and reference guide for a subject that had an unprepared audience. Conventional wisdom has shifted perceptibly in Løvtrup’s direction, but his book, like Waddington’s Strategy of the Genes, is analogous to a prominent signpost pointing the way in a rough landscape devoid of roads. To paraphrase Woodger (1929): twenty-nine years ago epigenetics was a subject that had not so much been tried and found wanting, as found difficult and not tried.
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Environment, Development, and Evolution: Toward a Synthesis (Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology) by Brian K. Hall, Roy D. Pearson, Gerd B. Müller