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We may marvel at the process of an egg becoming an adult, but we accept it as an everyday fact. It is merely then a lack of imagination to fail to grasp how changes in this process that assimilated over long periods of time, far longer than the span of human experience, shape life's diversity."The book's second half is where Carroll really gets at the meat of evo devo, explaining how regulatory genes control such mysteries as individual and population changes in butterfly's spots, jaguar fur, and hominid skulls. Evo devo is one of the hottest areas of study in 21st-century biology, and Carroll's outline of the field is a great place to start understanding it. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It is a very well written book, on an immensely interesting topic in current biology.
The mouse PAX6 gene switches - influenced by chemical gradients from adjacent tissue in the fly embryo - cause the gene to produce a fly eye!
This book provides an interesting discussion of the concept of Evo Devo or evolutionary developmental biology.
I love "Endless Forms Most Beautiful". I never thought that in my lifetime I would see in such detail, how bodies are made from a single-celled embryo to many-celled... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Clive Williams
The book is very well written and accessible also to people like me who are not experts in the field. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pietro Biroli
In this very pedagogic book, Sean Carroll shows the extreme conservatism of the genetic patrimony among species, which, on the face of it, raises something of a paradox: if genomes... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anne Reboul
The story and implications of the work that led to evo-devo are amazing, but other reviewers here cover that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen E. Witham
The Modern Synthesis in evolutionary biology has since its conception in the 1930s through the 1950s expanded to include ever-growing fields from all corner of academia, not just... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Life, the Universe and Everything
Good book on evolution with a focus on embryological development, and how the genotypic information affects the phenotype from a development standpoint. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Troy Blackford
A great book, well written by the master teacher. Explains evo devo clearly with great graphics and photos. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steven R. Savitz