Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - 350 páginas
Evo Devo is evolutionary developmental biology, the third revolution in evolutionary biology. The first was marked by the publication of The Origin of Species. The second occurred in the early twentieth century, when Darwin's theories were merged with the study of genetics. Now the insights of Evo Devo are astonishing the biology world by showing how the endless forms of animals—butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans, are made and evolved.

Perhaps the most surprising finding of Evo Devo is the discovery that a small number of primitive genes led to the formation of fundamental organs and appendages in all animal forms. The gene that causes humans to form arms and legs is the same gene that causes birds and insects to form wings, and fish to form fins; similarly, one ancient gene has led to the creation of eyes across the animal kingdom. Changes in the way this ancient tool kit of genes is used have created all the diversity that surrounds us.

Sean Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure—he is the acknowledged leader of the field, and his seminal discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times.
 

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Reseña de usuario  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

The introduction here, and various summaries I've seen elsewhere, gave me all the content I wanted. I skimmed the rest a bit, but nothing made me want to actually read it. Besides which, it is actually already pretty old. Leer reseña completa

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Reseña de usuario  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

Interesting book. The author is highly knowledgeable and does a good job explaining the impact of advances in evoltionary development. Some of it gets a bit technical but is still interesting. Leer reseña completa

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Sobre el autor (2005)

Sean B. Carroll is professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His first book, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Carroll’s seminal scientific work has been featured in Time and The New Yorker. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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