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Experimental Evolution: Concepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments



Experimental approaches to evolution provide indisputable evidence of evolution by directly observing the process at work. Experimental evolution deliberately duplicates evolutionary processes—forcing life histories to evolve, producing adaptations to stressful environmental conditions, and generating lineage splitting to create incipient species. This book summarizes studies in experimental evolution, outlining current techniques and applications, and presenting the field's full range of research—from selection in the laboratory to the manipulation of populations in the wild. It provides work ... More

Keywords: experimental evolution, adaptations, environmental conditions, lineage splitting, incipient species, Darwinian fitness, sexual reproduction, life history, athletic performance, learning

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247666
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247666.001.0001


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Part I Introduction to Experimental Evolution

1 Darwin’s Other Mistake

Michael R. Rose, and Theodore Garland, Jr.

2 The Importance of Experimental Studies in Evolutionary Biology

Douglas J. Futuyma, and Albert F. Bennett

Part II Types of Experimental Evolution

4 Experimental Evolution from the Bottom Up

Daniel E. Dykhuizen, and Anthony M. Dean

5 Experimental Evolutionary Domestication

Pedro Simões, Josiane Santos, and Margarida Matos

7 The Experimental Study of Reverse Evolution

Suzanne Estes, and Henrique Teotónio

Part III Levels of Observation in Experimental Evolution

11 Behavior and Neurobiology

Justin S. Rhodes, and Tadeusz J. Kawecki

12 Selection Experiments and Experimental Evolution of Performance and Physiology

John G. Swallow, Jack P. Hayes, Pawel Koteja, and Theodore Garland, Jr.

13 Through a Glass, Clearly

Frank Rosenzweig, and Gavin Sherlock

Part IV Applications of Experimental Evolution

14 Understanding Evolution through the Phages

Samantha E. Forde, and Christine M. Jessup

15 Experimental Approaches to Studying the Evolution of Animal form

W. Anthony Frankino, Douglas J. Emlen, and Alexander W. Shingleton

16 Sexual Exploits in Experimental Evolution

Paul E. Turner, Robert C. McBride, and Clifford W. Zeyl

18 Evolution of Aging and Late Life

Casandra L. Rauser, Laurence D. Mueller, Michael Travisano, and Michael R. Rose

Part V Conclusion

22 Laboratory Evolution Meets Catch-22

Raymond B. Huey, and Frank Rosenzweig

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