The Resource Sudden origins : fossils, genes, and the emergence of species, Jeffrey H. Schwartz

Sudden origins : fossils, genes, and the emergence of species, Jeffrey H. Schwartz

Label
Sudden origins : fossils, genes, and the emergence of species
Title
Sudden origins
Title remainder
fossils, genes, and the emergence of species
Statement of responsibility
Jeffrey H. Schwartz
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • The greatest riddle of evolution has been the following puzzle: while Darwin argued that new species emerge through a slow, gradual accumulation of tiny mutations, the fossil record reveals a very different scenario - the sudden emergence of whole new species, with no apparent immediate ancestors. This discrepancy has fueled heated debate among evolutionary theorists and has provided unfortunate fodder to creationists, who see it as proof that evolution doesn't happen at all
  • Now, in this book, paleoanthropologist Jeffrey Schwartz presents a radical new theory of evolution, which brings together evidence from genetics, paleontology, embryology, and anatomy to solve this great outstanding riddle. Central to the new theory is the recent discovery of a special kind of gene, known as homeobox genes, which can cause dramatic mutations that express themselves suddenly in the form of a new species. Such a new species will appear to have arisen out of thin air, with no lineage of ancestors. The new theory preserves natural selection, but shows that it is not the primary engine driving evolution, after all. Sudden Origins is a provocative and important book that will change the debate about evolution and challenge a number of popular ideas premised on the foundation of Darwinism. This book is crucial reading for anyone who has ever pondered the mysteries of our evolutionary heritage
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
576.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH366.2
LC item number
.S386 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Sudden origins : fossils, genes, and the emergence of species, Jeffrey H. Schwartz
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 380-404) and index
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  • mel
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. A Rash of Discoveries -- 2. How Humans Distinguished Themselves from the Rest of the Animal World -- 3. Coming to Grips with the Past -- 4. Filling in the Gaps of Human Evolution -- 5. Humans as Embryos -- 6. Development, Inheritance, and Evolutionary Change -- 7. Genetics and the Demise of Darwinism -- 8. Rediscovering Darwin -- 9. Genetics Goes Statistical -- 10. The Origin of Species Revisited -- 11. Toward a New Evolution -- 12. The New Evolution
Control code
000014203172
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 420 p.
Isbn
9780471379126
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
98045724
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
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.b34170935
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40076618
  • ms34170935

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Melbourne Burwood CampusBorrow it
      221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, AU
      -37.846510 145.115099
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