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The first edition of Maynard Smith's Evolutionary Genetics (first published in 1989) was welcomed as the first comprehensive introduction to the molecular and population aspects of evolutionary genetics, and has now become one of the definitive textbooks in the field. Aimed at advanced undergraduates in the biological sciences, the book covers basic population and quantitative genetics, evolutionary game theory, behavioral evolution, sexual selection and mating systems, speciation, and macroevolution. Theory and mathematics are clearly explained, with the aid of problems at the ends of the chapters, and the author takes care to place these within the context of questions central to current research in evolutionary biology. This Second Edition has been revised and updated throughout to reflect new findings and research interests. In the chapter on phenotypic evolution, the author incorporates new research on game theory. The discussions of sex and host-parasite interactions have been extensively revised and the author has added a new chapter on molecular genetics and the reconstruction of evolutionary history. Evolutionary Genetics remains the essential textbook for advanced undergraduates seeking a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of the theory of evolutionary biology.

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Authored by an internationally prominent figure in the field, Evolutionary Genetics unites the molecular and population approaches to evolution to show how population genetics can be applied to real biological problems. It explores the mechanisms of evolution, covering basic population and quantitative genetics; evolutionary game theory; evolution of behavior; prokaryote evolution; evolution of genomes; sex, recombination, breeding systems, and sexual selection; speciation; and macroevolution. Throughout, science is viewed as a dynamic activity rather than a body of received doctrine, and current research is given a comprehensive treatment. End-of-chapter problems, with answers and explanations at the back of the book, along with computer projects, allow students to practice the skills central to problem-solving and model-making in population and evolution.

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The first edition of Maynard Smith's Evolutionary Genetics (first published in 1989) was welcomed as the first comprehensive introduction to the molecular and population aspects of evolutionary genetics, and has now become one of the definitive textbooks in the field. Aimed at advanced undergraduates in the biological sciences, the book covers basic population and quantitative genetics, evolutionary game theory, behavioral evolution, sexual selection and mating systems, speciation, and macroevolution. Theory and mathematics are clearly explained, with the aid of problems at the ends of the chapters, and the author takes care to place these within the context of questions central to current research in evolutionary biology. This Second Edition has been revised and updated throughout to reflect new findings and research interests. In the chapter on phenotypic evolution, the author incorporates new research on game theory. The discussions of sex and host-parasite interactions have been extensively revised and the author has added a new chapter on molecular genetics and the reconstruction of evolutionary history. Evolutionary Genetics remains the essential textbook for advanced undergraduates seeking a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of the theory of evolutionary biology.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-321) and index.

Table of Contents

1. Evolution by Natural Selection


1.1. Darwin's theory


1.2. Evolution in vitro


1.3. Lamark, Weismann, and the central dogma


2. Models of Population


2.2. Selection in an asexual population


2.3. The accuracy of replication


2.4. Genetic drift in finite populations


3. Evolution in Diploid Populations


3.1. Gene frequencies and the Hardy-Weinberg ratio


3.2. The concept of fitness


3.3. The spread of a favourable gene


4. The Variability of Natural Populations


4.1. The evidence for genetic variability


4.2. Mutation


4.3. The maintenance of variation


5. Evolution at More Than One Locus


5.1. Linkage disequilibrium


5.2. Heterostyly in plants


5.3. Mimicry in butterflies


5.4. Linkage disequilibrium in natural populations


5.5. Normalizing selection and linkage disequilibrium


6. Quantitative Genetics


6.1. Nature and nurture


6.2. The additive genetic model


6.3. A more realistic model


6.4. Experiments in artificial selection


6.5. Quantitative variation and fitness


6.6. The maintenance of genetic variance for quantitative traits


7. A Model of Phenotypic Evolution


7.1. Pairwise interactions


7.2. Some extensions of the model


7.3. Will a sexual population evolve to an ESS?


8. Finite and Structured Populations


8.1. Inbreeding


8.2. Genetic drift


8.3. The rate of neutral molecular evolution


8.4. Mitochondrial DNA


8.5. Migration and differentiation between populations


8.6. The establishment of a new favourable mutation


9. Evolution in Structured Populations


9.1. Selection in trait groups


9.2. The evolution of co-operation: synergistic selection


9.3. The evolution of co-operation: relatedness


9.4. The group as the unit of evolution


9.5. The shifting balance theory


10. The Evolution of Prokaryotes


10.1. The evolution of gene function


10.2. Phages, plasmids, and transposable elements


10.3. The evolution of phages and their hosts


10.4. The evolution of plasmids


10.5. The evolution of transposons


10.6. The population genetics of E. coli


10.7. The evolution of viruses


11. The Evolution of the Eukaryotic Genome


11.1. The nature of the genome


11.2. The haemoglobin gene family


11.3. Duplication and the increase of DNA content


11.4. The ribosomal gene


11.5. Unequal crossing over and gene conversion


11.6. Repetitive DNA


11.7. Karyotypic evolution


12. The Evolution of Genetic Systems: I. Sex and Recombination


12.1. The natural history of eukaryotic sex


12.2. The evolutionary significance of sex


12.3. The evolution of recombination


13. The Evolution of Genetic Systems: II. Some Consequences of Sex


13.1. The sex ration


13.2. Selfing and outcrossing


13.3. Hermaphroditism


13.4. Sexual selection


14. Macroevolution


14.1. Species and speciation


14.2. Patterns of evolution


14.3. Coevolution


Product Details

ISBN:
9780198502319
Author:
Smith, John Maynard
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Maynard, John
Author:
Smith, John M.
Author:
Smith, John Maynard
Author:
null, John
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biochemistry
Subject:
Life Sciences | Evolutionary Biology
Subject:
Biology-Genetics
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
116 illus.
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
9.69x7.49x.82 in. 1.72 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Authored by an internationally prominent figure in the field, Evolutionary Genetics unites the molecular and population approaches to evolution to show how population genetics can be applied to real biological problems. It explores the mechanisms of evolution, covering basic population and quantitative genetics; evolutionary game theory; evolution of behavior; prokaryote evolution; evolution of genomes; sex, recombination, breeding systems, and sexual selection; speciation; and macroevolution. Throughout, science is viewed as a dynamic activity rather than a body of received doctrine, and current research is given a comprehensive treatment. End-of-chapter problems, with answers and explanations at the back of the book, along with computer projects, allow students to practice the skills central to problem-solving and model-making in population and evolution.
"Synopsis" by , The first edition of Maynard Smith's Evolutionary Genetics (first published in 1989) was welcomed as the first comprehensive introduction to the molecular and population aspects of evolutionary genetics, and has now become one of the definitive textbooks in the field. Aimed at advanced undergraduates in the biological sciences, the book covers basic population and quantitative genetics, evolutionary game theory, behavioral evolution, sexual selection and mating systems, speciation, and macroevolution. Theory and mathematics are clearly explained, with the aid of problems at the ends of the chapters, and the author takes care to place these within the context of questions central to current research in evolutionary biology. This Second Edition has been revised and updated throughout to reflect new findings and research interests. In the chapter on phenotypic evolution, the author incorporates new research on game theory. The discussions of sex and host-parasite interactions have been extensively revised and the author has added a new chapter on molecular genetics and the reconstruction of evolutionary history. Evolutionary Genetics remains the essential textbook for advanced undergraduates seeking a clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date account of the theory of evolutionary biology.
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