Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of Some Current Evolutionary Thought (Google eBook)

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Princeton University Press, Sep 2, 2008 - Science - 328 pages
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Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His Adaptation and Natural Selection, now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and convincing essay in defense of Darwinism; its suggestions for developing effective principles for dealing with the evolution debate and its relevance to many fields outside biology ensure the timelessness of this critical work.

  

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Contents

Adaptations of the Genetic System
125
Reproductive Physiology and Behavior
158
Social Adaptations
193
Other Supposedly GroupRelated Adaptations
221
The Scientific Study of Adaptation
251
Literature Cited
275
Index
291
Princeton Science Library
308

Natural Selection Ecology and Morphogenesis
56
Group Selection
92

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About the author (2008)

Williams is Professor of Biological Sciences in the Department of ecology and evolution at the State University and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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