Evolutionary Pathways in Nature
A Phylogenetic Approach
By (author) John C. Avise
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Evolutionary Pathways in Nature by John C. Avise
Book DescriptionReconstructing phylogenetic trees from DNA sequences has become a popular exercise in many branches of biology, and here the well-known geneticist John Avise explains why. Molecular phylogenies provide a genealogical backdrop for interpreting the evolutionary histories of many other types of biological traits (anatomical, behavioral, ecological, physiological, biochemical and even geographical). Guiding readers on a natural history tour along dozens of evolutionary pathways, the author describes how creatures ranging from microbes to elephants came to possess their current phenotypes. Essential reading for college students, professional biologists and anyone interested in natural history and biodiversity, this book is packed with fascinating examples of evolutionary puzzles from across the animal kingdom; how the toucan got its enormous bill, how reptiles grow back lost limbs and why Arctic fish don't freeze.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521674171
(247mm x 174mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John C. Avise
Inside the Human Genome, Hardback (February 2010)
This panoramic yet penetrating scientific view into the many imperfections of the human genome offers compelling counter-evidence to intelligent design. Why do flaws exist in a world engineered by God? The author extends this age-old question to the most basic aspects of humanity's physical existence, and provides the evolutionary answers.
Clonality, Hardback (October 2008)» View all books by John C. Avise
In this book, Avise describes the genetics, ecology, natural history, and evolution of the world's approximately 100 species of vertebrate animal that routinely display one form or another of clonal or quasi-clonal reproduction.
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Author Biography - John C. Avise
John C. Avise is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine.
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