>Date: Sun, 12 Oct 1997 09:07:01 -0600 (MDT)
>From: James Hanken <James.Hanken@colorado.edu>
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>Subject: book announcement
>The following announcement is posted on behalf of Robin Smith, Cambridge
>University Press <email@example.com>.
>Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology
>University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0334
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>ANNOUNCING A NEW BOOK JUST PUBLISHED FROM CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
>Readership: evolution, developmental biology, paleontology, zoology, genetics;
>graduate students and researchers.
>TITLE: The Origin of Animal Body Plans: A Study in Evolutionary Developmental
>BY: Wallace Arthur
>University of Sunderland, United Kingdom
>The body of evolutionary theory that currently occupies a dominant position in
>biological thought is neo-Darwinism. While this theory has considerable
>explanatory power, it is widely recognized as being incomplete in that it
>lacks a component dealing with individual development, or ontogeny. This lack
>is particularly conspicuous in relation to attempts to explain the
>evolutionary origin of the 35 or so animal body plans, and of the
>developmental trajectories that generate them.
>This book examines both the origin of body plans in particular and the
>evolution of animal development in general. In doing so, it ranges widely,
>covering topics as diverse as comparative developmental genetics, selection
>theory and Vendian/Cambrian fossils. Particular emphasis is placed on gene
>duplication, changes in spatiotemporal gene-expression patterns, internal
>selection, coevolution of interacting genes, and coadaptation.
>7 x 10 inches 338 pages 2 halftones
>83 line diagrams 17 tables
>0 521 55014 9
>in North America: $69.95
>in Rest of the World: 45.00 GBPounds
>PRE PUBLICATION REVIEWS
>"Arthur's book is an outstanding contribution to unifying developmental and
>evolutionary biology. The integration of population genetics and ecology is
>particularly strong, and begins to fill a big gap in literature. Arthur does
>not shy away from making predictions, and rarely misses an opportunity to
>point out fruitful areas for future work. His writing is clear, concise, and
>insightful, making the book a delight to read. This book is required reading
>for anyone interested in the evolution of development."
>Gregory Wray, State University of New York, Stony Brook.
>"The Origin of Animal Body Plans is an attractive, well-articulated and very
>readable argument for expanding our current awareness of evolutionary
>processes. It helps to usher in a fully-fledged discipline of Evolutionary
>Developmental Biology which, among other things, emphasizes the importance of
>Alessandro Minelli, University of Padua
>TABLE OF CONTENTS
>1. INTRODUCTION/ 1.1 A developmental approach to an evolutionary problem/ 1.2
>The early history of the animal kingdom/ 1.3 Alternative strategies/ 1.4
>Creation versus destruction/ 1.5 Systematics and the concept of natural
>classification/ 1.6 Micromutation versus macromutation/ 1.7 Developing
>organisms as inverted cones.
>2. WHAT IS A BODY PLAN?/ 2.1 Body plans and taxonomic levels/ 2.2 Body plans,
>cladograms and homology/ 2.3 Body plans and embryology/ 2.4 Body plans, genes
>and mutations/ 2.5 Body plans, adaptation and environments.
>3. PATTERNS OF BODY PLAN ORIGINS/ 3.1 Strategy/ 3.2 Patterns of metazoan
>inter-relationships/ 3.3 Early fossils: from cladograms to trees/ 3.4 Bringing
>back morphology/ 3.5 Paleoecology and possible adaptive scenarios.
>4. EVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY/ 4.1 From pattern to mechanism/ 4.2 The
>aims of Evolutionary Developmental Biology/ 4.3 A brief history/ 4.4 Is there
>a theory of development?
>5. DEVELOPMENTAL MECHANISMS : CELLS AND SIGNALS/ 5.1 Strategy/ 5.2 Cellular
>processes and architecture/ 5.3 Short-range signals : cell-cell contacts/ 5.4
>Mid-range signals and the nature of 'morphogens'/ 5.5 Long-range signals and
>pan-organismic co-ordination/ 5.6 Patterns of interconnection: developmental
>6. DEVELOPMENTAL MECHANISMS : GENES/ 6.1 Introduction/ 6.2 Overview of the
>genetics of Drosophila body axes/ 6.3 The Antennapedia and Bithorax complexes/
>6.4 The hedgehog gene and limb development/ 6.5 Developmental programmes and
>an evolutionary message.
>7. COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENTAL GENETICS/ 7.1 From development to evolution/ 7.2
>Phylogeny of Hox genes/ 7.3 Dorso-ventral polarity in arthropods and
>chordates/ 7.4 Limb formation, hedgehog, and the nature of homology/ 7.5
>Phylogeny of cadherin genes/ 7.6 Emergent evolutionary messages.
>8. GENE DUPLICATION AND MUTATION/ 8.1 Introduction/ 8.2 The creation of new
>genes/ 8.3 Mutation : the classical approach/ 8.4 Mutation : a developmental
>approach/ 8.5 Mutation and the evolution of development.
>9. THE SPREAD OF VARIANT ONTOGENIES IN POPULATIONS/ 9.1 Introduction/ 9.2
>Population genetic models of directional selection/ 9.3 Internal selection/
>9.4 The origin of body plans : a population perspective/ 9.5 Types of genetic
>change/ 9.6 Drift, drive and directed mutation.
>10. CREATION VERSUS DESTRUCTION/ 10.1 A fourth 'eternal metaphor'?/ 10.2
>Mutationists v. selectionists : a protracted debate/ 10.3 The structure of
>morphospace/ 10.4 Creation and destruction.
>11. ONTOGENY AND PHYLOGENY RE-VISITED/ 11.1 Mapping the two hierarchies/ 11.2
>>From two hierarchies to six/ 11.3 An important general pattern/ 11.4 Larval
>forms and complex life histories/ 11.5 Phenotypic complexity and evolutionary
>12. PROSPECT: EXPANDING THE SYNTHESIS/ 12.1 Neither boredom nor heresy/ 12.2
>Completing the evolutionary circle/ 12.3 The main themes of Evolutionary
>Developmental Biology/ 12.4 Paths into the future.
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