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Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

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Evo Devo is evolutionary development biology, the third revolution in evolutionary biology. The first was marked by the publication of The Origin of Species. The second occurred in the early twentieth century, when Darwin's theories were merged with the study of genetics. Now the insights of Evo Devo are astonishing the biology world by showing how the endless forms of animals — butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans, are made and evolved.

Perhaps the most surprising finding of Evo Devo is the discovery that a small number of primitive genes led to the formation of fundamental organs and appendages in all animal forms. The gene that causes humans to form arms and legs is the same gene that causes birds and insects to form wings, and fish to form fins; similarly, one ancient gene has led to the creation of eyes across the animal kingdom. Changes in the way this ancient tool kit of genes is used have created all the diversity that surrounds us.

Sean Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure — he is the acknowledged leader of the field, and his seminal discoveries have been featured in Time and the New York Times.

Review:

"Cobb County textbook stickers aside, evolutionary natural selection offers a pretty straightforward explanation for the forward march of species through history; a mutation that better equips a given organism to survive is passed along to its heirs, becoming more common as successive generations flourish. The actual process by which mutations happen, however, was far more mysterious until scientists turned to the study of evolutionary development (known by the somewhat unfortunate moniker 'Evo Devo'). One such scientist is Carroll, a genetics professor at the University of Wisconsin — Madison, who guides us along the broad contours of development ('the process through which a single-celled egg gives rise to a complex, multibillion-celled animal') and the ways in which its study sheds light on the underlying mechanisms of evolution. He explains in concrete terms how small changes in a species's genetic code of a given species can lead to dramatic differences in physiology is the 'missing piece' of evolutionary theory, Carroll argues. The book is as much a salvo in the continuing battles between creationists and evolutionists as it is a popularization of science, and Carroll combines clear writing with the deep knowledge gained from a lifetime of genetics research, first laying out the principles of evolutionary development and then showing us how they can explain both the progression of species in the fossil record and outliers like a six-fingered baseball pitcher." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Carroll is...a gifted writer. In a breathtakingly effortless manner, he builds on complex concepts....His topic is crucial, involving the recent and profound contributions of embryology and development to our understanding of the evolution of life's diversity." Library Journal

Review:

"Admittedly, taking in all the details of these discoveries in the early chapters can be heavy going, but if the reader persists, there are delights to come....Deserves to find its way into schoolrooms across the nation." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Carroll...writes in a lively style, peppering the book with endlessly fascinating examples that are beautifully illustrated by color and black-and-white drawings and photographs." Scientific American

Synopsis:

As described in this fascinating book, Evo Devo is evolutionary development biology, the third revolution in the science, which shows how the endless forms of animals — butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans — were made and evolved.

Synopsis:

'A beautiful and very important book."Lewis Wolpert, American Scientist

Synopsis:

What Brian Greene did for string theory, Sean Carroll—a leading biologist—does for Evo Devo.

Synopsis:

Evo Devo is evolutionary developmental biology, the third revolution in evolutionary biology. The first was marked by the publication of The Origin of Species. The second occurred in the early twentieth century, when Darwin's theories were merged with the study of genetics. Now the insights of Evo Devo are astonishing the biology world by showing how the endless forms of animals—butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans, are made and evolved.

Perhaps the most surprising finding of Evo Devo is the discovery that a small number of primitive genes led to the formation of fundamental organs and appendages in all animal forms. The gene that causes humans to form arms and legs is the same gene that causes birds and insects to form wings, and fish to form fins; similarly, one ancient gene has led to the creation of eyes across the animal kingdom. Changes in the way this ancient tool kit of genes is used have created all the diversity that surrounds us.

Sean Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure—he is the acknowledged leader of the field, and his seminal discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times.

Synopsis:

For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo'"Evolutionary Developmental Biology'"is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected.

About the Author

Sean B. Carroll is professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His first book, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Carroll’s seminal scientific work has been featured in Time and The New Yorker. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393060164
Author:
Carroll, Sean B
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Carroll, Sean
Author:
Carroll, Sean B.
Subject:
Evolutionary genetics
Subject:
Developmental genetics
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - Developmental Biology
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20050431
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of color and 100 black-and-whit
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 in 1.465 lb

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Product details 368 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393060164 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cobb County textbook stickers aside, evolutionary natural selection offers a pretty straightforward explanation for the forward march of species through history; a mutation that better equips a given organism to survive is passed along to its heirs, becoming more common as successive generations flourish. The actual process by which mutations happen, however, was far more mysterious until scientists turned to the study of evolutionary development (known by the somewhat unfortunate moniker 'Evo Devo'). One such scientist is Carroll, a genetics professor at the University of Wisconsin — Madison, who guides us along the broad contours of development ('the process through which a single-celled egg gives rise to a complex, multibillion-celled animal') and the ways in which its study sheds light on the underlying mechanisms of evolution. He explains in concrete terms how small changes in a species's genetic code of a given species can lead to dramatic differences in physiology is the 'missing piece' of evolutionary theory, Carroll argues. The book is as much a salvo in the continuing battles between creationists and evolutionists as it is a popularization of science, and Carroll combines clear writing with the deep knowledge gained from a lifetime of genetics research, first laying out the principles of evolutionary development and then showing us how they can explain both the progression of species in the fossil record and outliers like a six-fingered baseball pitcher." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Carroll is...a gifted writer. In a breathtakingly effortless manner, he builds on complex concepts....His topic is crucial, involving the recent and profound contributions of embryology and development to our understanding of the evolution of life's diversity."
"Review" by , "Admittedly, taking in all the details of these discoveries in the early chapters can be heavy going, but if the reader persists, there are delights to come....Deserves to find its way into schoolrooms across the nation."
"Review" by , "Carroll...writes in a lively style, peppering the book with endlessly fascinating examples that are beautifully illustrated by color and black-and-white drawings and photographs."
"Synopsis" by , As described in this fascinating book, Evo Devo is evolutionary development biology, the third revolution in the science, which shows how the endless forms of animals — butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans — were made and evolved.
"Synopsis" by , 'A beautiful and very important book."Lewis Wolpert, American Scientist
"Synopsis" by , What Brian Greene did for string theory, Sean Carroll—a leading biologist—does for Evo Devo.
"Synopsis" by , Evo Devo is evolutionary developmental biology, the third revolution in evolutionary biology. The first was marked by the publication of The Origin of Species. The second occurred in the early twentieth century, when Darwin's theories were merged with the study of genetics. Now the insights of Evo Devo are astonishing the biology world by showing how the endless forms of animals—butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans, are made and evolved.

Perhaps the most surprising finding of Evo Devo is the discovery that a small number of primitive genes led to the formation of fundamental organs and appendages in all animal forms. The gene that causes humans to form arms and legs is the same gene that causes birds and insects to form wings, and fish to form fins; similarly, one ancient gene has led to the creation of eyes across the animal kingdom. Changes in the way this ancient tool kit of genes is used have created all the diversity that surrounds us.

Sean Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure—he is the acknowledged leader of the field, and his seminal discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times.
"Synopsis" by , For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo'"Evolutionary Developmental Biology'"is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected.
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