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Evolutionary Genetics: Concepts and Case Studies [Paperback]

by Charles W. Fox, Jason B. Wolf
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April 27, 2006 0195168186 978-0195168181 1
Charles Fox and Jason Wolf have brought together leading researchers to produce a cutting-edge primer introducing readers to the major concepts in modern evolutionary genetics. This book spans the continuum of scale, from studies of DNA sequence evolution through proteins and development to multivariate phenotypic evolution, and the continuum of time, from ancient events that lead to current species diversity to the rapid evolution seen over relatively short time scales in experimental evolution studies. Chapters are accessible to an audience lacking extensive background in evolutionaryy genetics but also current and in-depth enough to be of value to established researchers in evolution biology.

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"If you are a professor or established researcher, buy this book, show it to your students and start a reading group about the various chapters. If you are a postdoc or Ph.D.-student, buy this book, show it to your advisors and start a reading group about the various chapters. I can guarantee that you will learn a lot and get many new insights." -- Erik I. Svensson, Animal Biology, Vol. 57, No. 3

"Impressive compendium of essays ... I encourage evolutionary biologists of all stripes to read it." --BioScience

"Evolutionary genetics is an ever-expanding field that treats the fundamental processes of evolution, and so lies at the core of evolutionary biology. Professors Fox and Wolf have convinced many leading international authorities to join them in a comprehensive introduction to the many aspects of evolutionary genetics. Students should find the resulting collection an ideal entry into their studies of evolution."--Douglas J. Futuyma, Distinguished Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, State University of New York

"After reviewing the contributions to this excellent volume, I conclude that it is time to rephrase Dobzhanksy's famous quote to say, 'Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of Evolutionary Genetics!'"--Gunter P. Wagner, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

"A comprehensive survey of the ideas in the field, by a group of authors that reads like a who's who in evolutionary genetics."--Massimo Pigliucci, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at State University of New York-Stony Brook, and the author of Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture

"This is a superb survey of the many diverse viewpoints and new developments in a rapidly blossoming field."--Stevan J. Arnold, Professor, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University

About the Author

Charles Fox is an evolutionary ecologist who uses quantitative genetic approaches to study evolution and adaptation of ecologically important traits. He has coedited two previous books for Oxford University Press, Maternal Effects as Adaptations (1998) and Evolutionary Ecology: Concepts and Case Studies (2001).Jason Wolf is an evolutionary geneticist who integrates empirical and theoretical quantitative and population genetics to study the evolution of complex traits. He coedited Epistasis and the Evolutionary Process (2000).

Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (April 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195168186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195168181
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,704,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information. November 2, 2008
By ceffalo
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I'm not well versed in biological knowledge. I never have taken a chemistry course and I only have high school level biology education. I know little of genetics. But, I've learned much from this book. The reading is a bit over my head in some ways, but plain enough in others. I have read into it to learn more about the processes of evolution at work. It is an engaging and exciting read.

I won't bother readers with my rudimentary understanding. I recognize that I'm sort of out of my league here. But, I believe that knowledge is precious and that everything we can do to expand our knowledge is important, and thusly worth my time. When theory is applied to the practical mechanics a booming picture of the evolutionary process is powerfully displayed.

You may have no interest in technical knowledge concerning biological formations, but I urge you to at least consider expanding your knowledge base with real information. Don't buy popular level books which only cover someone else's agenda to promote their own view of the world. Actually take the time to learn about the real information, the real world. You won't understand evolution simply because someone else said so. But, actually looking at what happens in evolution brings you all the more closer to real understanding.

That's the goal, right?
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The most notable attributes of this collection of essays on evolutionary genetics are: broad, authoritative, up-to-date, well-presented. This is not a book for beginners, and the authors are not afraid to assume you know some math, chemistry, and biology. If you want to find up-to-date syntheses of major topics in genetics and evolution, including fine bibliographic references to recent empirical studies, this may be the books for you. I particularly liked the section on the passage from genotype to phenotype, including modern evo-devo theory, new results in canalization theory, and a nice chapter on epigenetics. Quantitative genetics is also well covered, including genotype-environment interactions, sexual selection, and social selection. The genetics of speciation is thoroughly handled, as is host-parasite interactions, senescence, and laboratory techniques for the study of speciation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evolutionary genetics September 29, 2012
By hunor
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The purchease of the product was extremely smooth. Not only arrived it safe and sound, but the shipment was well in due time.
Finally, I exactly got what I expected.

The book met all my expectations. It covers a wide range of topic within the evolution in molecular level, however, the construction is highly advanced. Thus, I would not recommend for easy reading or someone with the purpose of superficial insight.
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