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About this book
This book is divided in two parts, the first of which shows how, beyond paleontology and systematics, macroevolutionary theories apply key insights from ecology and biogeography, developmental biology, biophysics, molecular phylogenetics, and even the sociocultural sciences to explain evolution in deep time. In the second part, the phenomenon of macroevolution is examined with the help of real life-history case studies on the evolution of eukaryotic sex, the formation of anatomical form and body-plans, extinction and speciation events of marine invertebrates, hominin evolution and species conservation ethics.
The book brings together leading experts, who explain pivotal concepts such as Punctuated Equilibria, Stasis, Developmental Constraints, Adaptive Radiations, Habitat Tracking, Turnovers, (Mass) Extinctions, Species Sorting, Major Transitions, Trends, and Hierarchies – key premises that allow macroevolutionary epistemic frameworks to transcend microevolutionary theories that focus on genetic variation, selection, migration and fitness.
Along the way, the contributing authors review ongoing debates and current scientific challenges; detail new and fascinating scientific tools and techniques that allow us to cross the classic borders between disciplines; demonstrate how their theories make it possible to extend the Modern Synthesis; present guidelines on how the macroevolutionary field could be further developed; and provide a rich view of just how it was that life evolved across time and space. In short, this book is a must-read for active scholars and, because the technical aspects are fully explained, it is also accessible for non-specialists.
Understanding evolution requires a solid grasp of above-population phenomena. Species are real biological individuals, and abiotic factors impact the future course of evolution. Beyond observation, when the explanation of macroevolution is the goal, we need both evidence and theory that enable us to explain and interpret how life evolves at the grand scale.
Editors and affiliations
- Book Title Macroevolution
- Book Subtitle Explanation, Interpretation and Evidence
- Series Title Interdisciplinary Evolution Research
- Series Abbreviated Title Interdisciplinary Evolution Res.
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15045-1
- Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
- Publisher Name Springer, Cham
- eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-15044-4
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35370-8
- eBook ISBN 978-3-319-15045-1
- Series ISSN 2199-3068
- Series E-ISSN 2199-3076
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XII, 403
- Number of Illustrations 39 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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“The second in the series ‘Interdisciplinary Evolution Research,’ Macroevolution is a carefully selected, edited volume of 11 chapters plus an introduction on evolution above the species level, which is the body of evolutionary theory covered by the term macroevolution. … Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (B. K. Hall, Choice, Vol. 53 (2), October, 2015)