The Geometry of Evolution
Adaptive Landscapes and Theoretical Morphospaces
By (author) George R. McGhee
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Geometry of Evolution by George R. McGhee
Book DescriptionThe metaphor of the adaptive landscape - that evolution via the process of natural selection can be visualized as a journey across adaptive hills and valleys, mountains and ravines - permeates both evolutionary biology and the philosophy of science. The focus of this 2006 book is to demonstrate to the reader that the adaptive landscape concept can be put into actual analytical practice through the usage of theoretical morphospaces - geometric spaces of both existent and non-existent biological form - and to demonstrate the power of the adaptive landscape concept in understanding the process of evolution. The adaptive landscape concept further allows us to take a spatial approach to the concepts of natural selection, evolutionary constraint and evolutionary development. For that reason, this book relies heavily on spatial graphics to convey the concepts developed within these pages, and less so on formal mathematics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521849425
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author George R. McGhee
When the Invasion of Land Failed, Paperback (November 2013)
"This book explores the ecological consequences of the twin extinction events--the one that occurred within the Late Devonian (the end-Frasnian extinction) and the one that closed the Devonian period (the end-Famennian extinction)--for the evolution of terrestrial animal life on Earth--Provided by publisher.
Theoretical Morphology, Paperback (January 1999)
This text provides background and steps in defining geometric parameters for an organic form in order to generate a spectrum of other possible forms. It also addresses simulation of actual processes of morphogenesis, aiming to attain a nuanced comprehension of how evolutionary processes work.
Late Devonian Mass Extinction, Hardback (February 1996)» View all books by George R. McGhee
Based on two decades of research, this book reviews the many theories presented to explain this extinction on Earth, particularly covering the idea that it was triggered by the impact of extraterrestrial objects. It also provides a review of a wealth of different pieces of geographical evidence.
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Author Biography - George R. McGhee
George McGheeis Professor of Paleobiology in the Department of Geological Sciences at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He is a past Fellow of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Vienna, Austria.
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