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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis

Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller


In the six decades since the publication of Julian Huxley’s Evolution: The Modern Synthesis, the spectacular empirical advances in the biological sciences have been accompanied by equally significant developments within the core theoretical framework of the discipline. As a result, evolutionary theory today includes concepts and even entire new fields that were not part of the foundational structure of the Modern Synthesis. In this book, sixteen evolutionary biologists and philosophers of science survey the conceptual changes that have emerged since Huxley’s landmark publication, not only in s ... More

Keywords: Julian Huxley, Evolution, Modern Synthesis, biological sciences, evolutionary theory, quantitative genetics, paleontology, genomics, EvoDevo, Darwinism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Massimo Pigliucci, editor

Gerd B. Müller, editor

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Front Matter

I Introduction

1 Elements of an Extended Evolutionary Synthesis

Massimo Pigliucci, and Gerd B. Müller

II Variation and Selection

III Evolving Genomes

IV Inheritance and Replication

7 Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance

Eva Jablonka, and Marion J. Lamb

8 Niche Inheritance

John Odling-Smee

9 Chemical, Neuronal, and Linguistic Replicators

Chrisantha Fernando, and Eörs Szathmáry

V Evolutionary Developmental Biology

10 Facilitated Variation

Marc W. Kirschner, and John C. Gerhart

12 Epigenetic Innovation

Gerd B. Müller

VI Macroevolution and Evolvability

14 Phenotypic Plasticity

Massimo Pigliucci

15 Evolution of Evolvability

Günter P. Wagner, and Jeremy Draghi

VII Philosophical Dimensions

End Matter