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Selection; the mechanism of evolution, 2d ed.


Selection; the mechanism of evolution, 2d ed.

Bell, Graham.

Oxford U. Press


553 pages




Advances in experimental evolution since the 1997 textbook warrant this updated, more quantitative treatment. In an overview of selection as evolutionary biology's explanatory principle for the simplest (RNA viruses) to the most complex living systems, Bell (biology, McGill U., Montreal, Canada) presents the classic explanation of how small, cumulative adaptive changes can result in unexpected variations. In the final chapter, he questions this premise and maps out research directions to account for the unpredictability of selection. Intervening chapters treat the genetic and ecological contexts of asexual and sexual natural and artificial selection. Numerous graphs illustrate these concepts. References have been updated.

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