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Convergent Animals

George R. McGhee

in Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.003.0002
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter is concerned with the convergent evolution of structures and systems that are primarily for defense. It also reviews the convergent evolution of reproductive traits in animals, and ... More


Convergent Molecules

George R. McGhee

in Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter addresses convergence on much smaller scales—that is, in the very molecules that make up living animals and plants—and presents examples of the convergent evolution of identical nuclear ... More


Convergent Ecosystems

George R. McGhee

in Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.003.0004
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter concentrates on the convergent evolution of entire ecosystems, and specifically reviews the convergent evolution of carnivorous plants (plants that eat animals) and herbivorous plants ... More


What Is Convergent Evolution?

George R. McGhee

in Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.003.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter introduces the concept of convergent evolution. It shows that parallel evolution is simply a special case of convergent evolution, and addresses the action of both functional and ... More


The evolution of developmental gene networks: lessons from comparative studies on holometabolous insects

Andrew D. Peel

in Animal Evolution: Genomes, Fossils, and Trees

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199549429
eISBN:
9780191721601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199549429.003.0016
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics, Developmental Biology

Recent comparative studies have revealed significant differences in the developmental gene networks operating in three holometabolous insects: the beetle Tribolium castaneum, the parasitic wasp ... More


Convergent Minds

George R. McGhee

in Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter explores what might appear to be even more improbable than the convergent evolution of molecules. It reviews the evolution of architectural behavior in the most diversified animal ... More


Philosophical Implications of Convergent Evolution

George R. McGhee

in Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.003.0008
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter reviews philosophical questions concerning freedom, purpose, design, destiny, teleology, spirituality, and even God, and addresses the model of discussion used by John Casti in his ... More


Convergent evolution is common in plant systems

Anthony Trewavas

in Plant Behaviour and Intelligence

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199539543
eISBN:
9780191788291
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539543.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Plant Sciences and Forestry

Evolution can be considered to either have a direction or to be merely the result of the meandering of a complex system underpinned by random mutation. Convergent evolution would suggest, instead, ... More


Functional and Developmental Constraint in Convergent Evolution

George R. McGhee

in Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.003.0007
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter deals with the theoretical analysis of evolutionary constraint in producing convergent evolution. It investigates the implications of theoretically possible, but nevertheless ... More


Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

George McGhee

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016421
eISBN:
9780262298872
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016421.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Charles Darwin famously concluded On the Origin of Species with a vision of “endless forms most beautiful” continually evolving. More than 150 years later, many evolutionary biologists see not ... More


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