Evolutionary Transitions to Multicellular Life

Principles and mechanisms

  • Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo
  • Aurora M. Nedelcu

Part of the Advances in Marine Genomics book series (AMGE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Multicellularity in the Tree of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Susan C. Sharpe*, Laura Eme*, Matthew W. Brown, Andrew J. Roger
      Pages 3-29
    3. Claudio Aguilar, Catherine Eichwald, Leo Eberl
      Pages 79-95
  3. Model-Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Matthew D. Herron, Aurora M. Nedelcu
      Pages 129-152
    3. J. Mark Cock, Olivier Godfroy, Martina Strittmatter, Delphine Scornet, Toshiki Uji, Garry Farnham et al.
      Pages 153-162
  4. Theoretical Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Erik R. Hanschen, Deborah E. Shelton, Richard E. Michod
      Pages 165-188
    3. Valentina Rossetti, Homayoun C. Bagheri
      Pages 189-199
    4. Cristian A. Solari, Vanina J. Galzenati, John O. Kessler
      Pages 201-223
    5. John O. Kessler, Aurora M. Nedelcu, Cristian A. Solari, Deborah E. Shelton
      Pages 225-243
    6. Ricard V. Solé, Salva Duran-Nebreda
      Pages 245-266
  5. Genomics Insights

  6. Molecular Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 377-377
    2. Arnau Sebé-Pedrós, Alex de Mendoza
      Pages 379-394
    3. Yoshinori Kawabe, Christina Schilde, Zhi-hui Chen, Qingyou Du, Hajara Lawal, Pauline Schaap
      Pages 451-467
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 487-489

About this book


The book integrates our understanding of the factors and processes underlying the evolution of multicellularity by providing several complementary perspectives (both theoretical and experimental) and using examples from various lineages in which multicellularity evolved. Recent years marked an increased interest in understanding how and why these transitions occurred, and data from various fields are providing new insights into the forces driving the several independent transitions to multicellular life as well as into the genetic and molecular basis for the evolution of this phenotype. The ultimate goal of this book is to facilitate the identification of general and unifying principles and mechanisms.


Aggregative multicellularity Animal multicellularity Complex multicellularity Models of multicellularity Multicellularity in the tree of life

Editors and affiliations

  • Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo
    • 1
  • Aurora M. Nedelcu
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (UPF-CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-9641-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-9642-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-8012
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-8020
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