The Theory of Evolution

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Cambridge University Press, 30 июл. 1993 г. - Всего страниц: 354
All living plants and animals, including man, are the modified descendants of one or a few simple living things. A hundred years ago Darwin and Wallace in their theory of natural selection, or the survival of the fittest, explained how evolution could have happened, in terms of processes known to take place today. In this book John Maynard Smith describes how their theory has been confirmed, but at the same time transformed, by recent research, and in particular by the discovery of the laws of inheritance.
 

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Some interesting insights, neatly put. For example, "Evolution tends to adapt the nature of animals and plants to their environments. In history, man has adapted his environment to his nature ... Читать весь отзыв

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Adaptation
26
The Theory of Natural Selection
38
Heredity
53
Weismann Lamarck and the Central Dogma
76
Molecular Evolution
87
The Origin and Early Evolution of Life
109
The Structure of Chromosomes and the Control of Gene Action
122
Variation
133
Altruism Social Behaviour and Sex
193
What are Species?
216
The Origins of Species
231
What Keeps Species Distinct?
245
The Genetics of Species Differences
257
The Fossil Evidence
276
Evolution and Development
310
Evolution and History
327

Artificial Selection Some Experiments with Fruitflies
150
Natural Selection in Wild Populations
165
Protein Polymorphism
184

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Стр. xii - Never mind the lectures or the 'workshops'; be blowed to the motor coach excursions to local beauty spots; forget your fancy visual aids and radio microphones; the only thing that really matters at a conference is that John Maynard Smith must be in residence and there must be a spacious, convivial bar. If he can't manage the dates you have in mind, you must just reschedule the conference... He will charm and amuse the young research workers, listen to their stories, inspire them, rekindle enthusiasms...

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Richard Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. His books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, Climbing Mount Improbable, The God Delusion, and An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist.

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