The Evolutionary Biology of Flies

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Brian Wiegmann, David K. Yeates
Columbia University Press, Aug 21, 2012 - Science - 440 pages
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Flies (Dipteria) have had an important role in deepening scientists' understanding of modern biology and evolution. The study of flies has figured prominently in major advances in the fields of molecular evolution, physiology, genetics, phylogenetics, and ecology over the last century. This volume, with contributions from top scientists and scholars in the field, brings together diverse aspects of research and will be essential reading for entomologists and fly researchers.

Michael Ashburner, University of Cambridge; Nora J. Besansky, University of Notre Dame; Daniel J. Bickel, Australian Museum; Sarah Boulter, Griffith University; Peter Cranston, University of California at Davis; Neil Davies, University of California at Berkeley; Rob DeSalle, American Museum of Natural History; W. J. Etges, University of Arkansas; J. L. Feder, University of Notre Dame; K. E. Filchak, University of Notre Dame; Philip M. Johns, University of Maryland; Margaret G. Kidwell, University of Arizona; Roger Kitching, Griffith University; Conrad C. Labandiera, Smithsonian Institution; Rudolf Meier, National University of Singapore; David Merritt, University of Queensland; George Roderick, University of California at Berkeley; Sonja J. Scheffer, USDA-ARS-PSI; Michael F. Whiting, Brigham Young University; Brian M. Wiegmann, North Carolina State University; Gerald S. Wilkinson, University of Maryland; David K. Yeates, CSIRO Entomology

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Review of the Evidence
Recent Insights and New Perspectives
The Insight of Willi Hennig
PART II Genomics and Developmental Biology
4 The Genomes of Diptera
The Model Clade Approach
6 Transposable Elements and the Evolution of Dipteran Genomes
7 Evolution and Development of the Dipteran Nervous System
9 Fossil History and Evolutionary Ecology of Diptera and Their Associations with Plants
10 Biogeographic Patterns in the Evolution of Diptera
11 Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Mating Systems in Flies
12 Ecological Genetics of Host Use in Diptera
Using Molecular Markers to Investigate Cryptic Species and the Global Spread of Introduced Flies
A Rationale and Investigation of Seasonality and Stratification in Selected Rainforest Faunas

8 Dipteran Sex Chromosomes in Evolutionary Developmental Biology
PART III Evolutionary Ecology and Biogeography

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About the author (2012)

David K. Yeates is Schlinger Fellow in Insect Systematics and a principal research scientist in the Australian National Insect Collection in the Division of Entomology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. He has published over eighty papers on the systematics and biology of flies and other insects.

Brian Wiegmann is associate professor in the Entomology Department at North Carolina State University. His research is focused on fly phylogeny and the molecular evolution of fly genes.

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