The Evolutionary Biology of Flies

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David K. Yeates, Brian M. Wiegmann
Columbia University Press, Jun 22, 2005 - 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.
 

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Contents

Review of the Evidence
3
Recent Insights and New Perspectives
14
The Insight of Willi Hennig
45
PART II Genomics and Developmental Biology
63
4 The Genomes of Diptera
65
The Model Clade Approach
126
6 Transposable Elements and the Evolution of Dipteran Genomes
145
7 Evolution and Development of the Dipteran Nervous System
173
9 Fossil History and Evolutionary Ecology of Diptera and Their Associations with Plants
217
10 Biogeographic Patterns in the Evolution of Diptera
274
11 Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Mating Systems in Flies
312
12 Ecological Genetics of Host Use in Diptera
340
Using Molecular Markers to Investigate Cryptic Species and the Global Spread of Introduced Flies
371
A Rationale and Investigation of Seasonality and Stratification in Selected Rainforest Faunas
388
Contributors
417
Index
419

8 Dipteran Sex Chromosomes in Evolutionary Developmental Biology
196
PART III Evolutionary Ecology and Biogeography
215

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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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