In the Light of Evolution: Volume III: Two Centuries of Darwin
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In the Light of Evolution:
Volume III: Two Centuries of Darwin
(2009)
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Two Centuries of Darwin is the outgrowth of an Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences on January 16-17, 2009. In the chapters of this book, leading evolutionary biologists and science historians reflect on and commemorate the Darwinian Revolution. They canvass modern research approaches and current scientific thought on each of the three main categories of selection (natural, artificial, and sexual) that Darwin addressed during his career. Although Darwin's legacy is associated primarily with the illumination of natural selection in The Origin, he also contemplated and wrote extensively about what we now term artificial selection and sexual selection. In a concluding section of this book, several science historians comment on Darwin's seminal contributions.

Two Centuries of Darwin is the third book of the In the Light of Evolution series. Each installment in the series explores evolutionary perspectives on a particular biological topic that is scientifically intriguing but also has special relevance to contemporary societal issues or challenges. The ILE series aims to interpret phenomena in various areas of biology through the lens of evolution and address some of the most intellectually engaging, as well as pragmatically important societal issues of our times.

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432 pages | 6 x 9
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-309-13986-1
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Front Matter i-xvi
Part I: NATURAL SELECTION, OR ADAPTATION TO NATURE 1-4
1 Natural Selection inAction During Speciation--Sara Via 5-26
2 Adaptive Radiations:From Field to Genomic Studies--Scott A. Hodges and Nathan J. Derieg 27-46
3 Genetics and Ecological Speciation--Dolph Schluter and Gina L. Conte 47-64
4 Cascades of Convergent Evolution: The Corresponding Evolutionary Histories of Euglenozoans and Dinoflagellates--Julius LukeŇ°, Brian S. Leander, and Patrick J. Keeling 65-84
Part II: ARTIFICIAL SELECTION, OR ADAPTATION TO HUMAN DEMANDS 85-88
5 From Wild Animals to Domestic Pets, an Evolutionary View of Domestication--Carlos A. Driscoll, David W. Macdonald, and Stephen J. O'Brien 89-110
6 Tracking Footprints of Maize Domestication and Evidence for a Massive Selective Sweep on Chromosome 10--Feng Tian, Natalie M. Stevens, and Edward S. Buckler IV 111-128
7 Human-Induced Evolution Caused by Unnatural Selection Through Harvest of Wild Animals--Fred W. Allendorf and Jeffrey J. Hard 129-148
8 In the Light of Directed Evolution: Pathways of Adaptive Protein Evolution--Jesse D. Bloom and Frances H. Arnold 149-164
Part III: SEXUAL SELECTION, OR ADAPTATION TO MATING DEMANDS 165-168
9 Mate Choice and Sexual Selection: What Have We Learned Since Darwin?--Adam G. Jones and Nicholas L. Ratterman 169-190
10 Sexual Selection and Mating Systems--Stephen M. Shuster 191-212
11 Reproductive Decisions Under Ecological Constraints: It's About Time--Patricia Adair Gowaty and Stephen P. Hubbell 213-242
12 Postcopulatory Sexual Selection: Darwin's Omission and Its Consequences--William G. Eberhard 243-262
Part IV: THE DARWINIAN LEGACY, 150 YEARS LATER 263-266
13 Darwin and the Scientific Method--Francisco J. Ayala 267-286
14 The Darwinian Revolution: Rethinking Its Meaningand Significance--Michael Ruse 287-306
15 Did Darwin Write *the Origin* Backwards?--Elliott Sober 307-328
16 Darwin's Place in the History of Thought: A Reevaluation--Robert J. Richards 329-342
17 Darwin's "Strange Inversion of Reasoning"--Daniel Dennett 343-354
References 355-398
Index 399-414
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