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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001

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Elements of an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis

Elements of an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis

(p.3) 1 Elements of an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
Evolution—the Extended Synthesis

Massimo Pigliucci

Gerd B. Müller

The MIT Press

This book reviews the directions that contribute to an Extended Synthesis. It deals with the significant advances in the understanding of the tightly linked ideas (in the Modern Synthesis [MS]) of natural selection and adaptation. The book addresses the new information from molecular genetics and genomics that brings significant new issues to evolutionary theory, and describes the kinds of hereditary and replicatory mechanisms which are not considered within the framework of the MS. Additionally, it analyzes the ongoing revisions of the MS that come from the new field of evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo). The principles of macroevolution and evolvability that are outside the scope of the traditional MS are explained. An overview of the chapters included in the book is finally given.

Keywords:   Extended Synthesis, Modern Synthesis, molecular genetics, genomics, EvoDevo, macroevolution, evolvability, natural selection, adaptation

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