The Resource Randomness in evolution, John Tyler Bonner, (electronic resource)

Randomness in evolution, John Tyler Bonner, (electronic resource)

Label
Randomness in evolution
Title
Randomness in evolution
Statement of responsibility
John Tyler Bonner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and insightful biologists, here challenges a central tenet of evolutionary biology. In this concise, elegantly written book, he makes the bold and provocative claim that some biological diversity may be explained by something other than natural selection. With his customary wit and accessible style, Bonner makes an argument for the underappreciated role that randomness--or chance--plays in evolution. Due to the tremendous and enduring influence of Darwin's natural selection, the importance of randomness has been to some extent overshadowed. Bonner shows how the effects of randomness differ for organisms of different sizes, and how the smaller an organism is, the more likely it is that morphological differences will be random and selection may not be involved to any degree. He traces the increase in size and complexity of organisms over geological time, and looks at the varying significance of randomness at different size levels, from microorganisms to large mammals. Bonner also discusses how sexual cycles vary depending on size and complexity, and how the trend away from randomness in higher forms has even been reversed in some social organisms. Certain to provoke lively discussion, Randomness in Evolution is a book that may fundamentally change our understanding of evolution and the history of life"--
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
576.5/4
Index
index present
LC call number
QH401
LC item number
.B66 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Randomness in evolution, John Tyler Bonner, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Description based on print version record
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • Cover; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Illustrations; Preface; 1 Life and the Riddle of Randomness; 2 Time, Size, and Complexity; Fig. 1. Sizes of the largest organisms through Earth history.; Fig. 2. Estimated numbers of cell types of early members of various animal groups.; Fig. 3. The increase of complexity of all organisms and organism groups over geological time.; 3 Small Organisms and Neutral Morphologies; Fig. 4. Two plates from Ernst Haeckel's study of the Radiolaria collected on the voyage of the HMS Challenger.; Fig. 5. Some common forms of diatoms
  • Fig. 6. A comparison of fruiting body formation of Dictyostelium with that of Polysphondylium.4 The Evolution of the Decrease of Randomness; Fig. 7. Development of a cellular slime mold.; Fig. 8. Protostelium: a single amoeba secretes a thin stalk and rises into the air.; Fig. 9. A diagram comparing mutations in morphology in microorganisms and larger organisms.; 5 An Exception: Where Small Organisms Suppress Randomness; Fig. 10. The progressive decrease in the size of a diatom.; Fig. 11. The asexual and sexual cycles of Volvox
  • 6 The Division of Labor: Two Cases of the Return of Randomness in Higher FormsFig. 12. Range variation in size in Paramecium.; Fig. 13. Pure lines of genetically similar beans showing range variation in size.; 7 Envoi; Fig. 14. A diagram reflecting the main themes in this essay.; Acknowledgments; Bibliography; Index
Control code
000051766779
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (133 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400846429
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unknown
Other control number
(YBP)9991188
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22573/ctt20r53d
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not applicable
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.b33195985
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)828423736
  • jstor1400846420
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

Library Locations

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