Homology: The Hierarchial Basis of Comparative Biology

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Brian K. Hall
Academic Press, Dec 2, 2012 - Science - 483 pages
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Homology, the similarity between organisms that is due to common ancestry, is the central concept of all comparative biology. However, the application of this concept varies depending on the data being examined. This volume represents a state-of-the-art treatment of the different applications of this unifying concept. Chapters deal with homology on all levels, from molecules to behavior, and are authored by leading contributors to systematics, natural history, and evolutionary, developmental, and comparative biology.

Special features include:
* Commemoration of the 150th anniverary of Sir Richard Owen's seminal paper distinguishing homology from analogy
* Contributors who are renowned leaders in compative biology
* Coverage that is both comprehensive and interdisciplinary
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER 1 RICHARD OWEN AND THE CONCEPT OF HOMOLOGY
21
THE HISTORY OF MODERN DEBATES
63
CHAPTER 3 HOMOLOGY AND SYSTEMATICS
101
CHAPTER 4 HOMOLOGY FORM AND FUNCTION
151
CHAPTER 5 CAN BIOMETRICAL SHAPE BE A HOMOLOGOUS CHARACTER?
197
CHAPTER 6 HOMOLOGY DEVELOPMENT AND HEREDITY
229
CHAPTER 7 HISTORY ONTOGENY AND EVOLUTION OF THE ARCHETYPE
249
CHAPTER 8 HOMOLOGY AND THE MECHANISMS OF DEVELOPMENT
273
REPLICATORS LINEAGES AND HOMOLOGUES
301
CHAPTER 10 HOMOLOGY IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
339
CHAPTER 11 HOMOLOGY AND BEHAVIORAL REPERTOIRES
369
CHAPTER 12 COMPLEXITY AND HOMOLOGY IN PLANTS
393
CHAPTER 13 HOMOLOGY HOMEOSIS AND PROCESS MORPHOLOGY IN PLANTS
423
Index
477
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