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Main Title Plasticity, Robustness, Development and Evolution /
Author Bateson, P. P. G.
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Gluckman, Peter D.
Publisher Cambridge University Press,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 694616468
ISBN 9780521516297; 0521516293; 9780521736206; 052173620X
Subjects Developmental biology ; Evolution (Biology) ; Phenotypic plasticity ; Adaptation (Biology) ; Survival analysis (Biometry) ; Human Development ; Adaptation, Biological ; Biological Evolution ; SCIENCE--Life Sciences--Biology--Developmental Biology ; Entwicklungsbiologie ; Anpassung ; Evolution (biologi)
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ELBM  QH491.B38 2011 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 11/19/2012
Collation ix, 156 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-150) and index.
Contents Notes
1. Setting the scene -- 2. Clarifications -- 3. Developmental robustness -- 4. Plasticity -- 5. Integration of robustness and plasticity -- 6. Current functions of integrated developmental processes -- 7. Evolution of developmental processes -- 8. Impact of developmental processes on evolution -- 9. Development and evolution intertwined. "How do we understand and explain the apparent dichotomy between plasticity and robustness in the context of development? Can we identify these complex processes without resorting to 'either/or' solutions? Written by two leaders in the field, this is the first book to fully unravel the complexity of the subject, explaining that the epigenetic processes generating plasticity and robustness are in fact deeply intertwined. It identifies the different mechanisms that generate robustness and the various forms of plasticity, before considering the functional significance of the integrated mechanisms and how the component processes might have evolved. Finally, it highlights the ways in which epigenetic mechanisms could be instrumental in driving evolutionary change. Essential reading for biologists and psychologists interested in epigenetics and evolution, this book is also a valuable resource for biological anthropologists, sociobiologists, child psychologists and paediatricians"--