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Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective

Niles Eldredge, Telmo Pievani, Emanuele Serrelli, and Ilya Tëmkin


The hierarchical approach to evolution, emerged since the 1980s at the crossroads of paleobiology, genetics, and developmental biology, has grown into a unifying perspective on the natural world and today offers an operational framework to understand the way complex biological systems work and evolve. This volume, written by a multidisciplinary group of authoritative contributors, provides an integrated, comprehensive, cutting-edge introduction to the hierarchy theory of evolution. Part 1 clarifies the kinds of hierarchies, levels and relations that the hierarchical approach has outlined over ... More

Keywords: biosphere, development, ecology, evolution, hierarchy, macroevolution, multilevel evolution, natural selection, networks, unification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226426051
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226426198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Niles Eldredge, editor
American Museum of Natural History

Telmo Pievani, editor
University of Padua

Emanuele Serrelli, editor
University of Milano-Bicocca

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Front Matter

Part 1 Hierarchy Theory of Evolution

General Principles of Biological Hierarchical Systems

Ilya Tëmkin and Emanuele Serrelli

Chapter 5 Three Approaches to the Teleological and Normative Aspects of Ecological Functions

Gregory J. Cooper, Charbel N. El-Hani, and Nei F. Nunes-Neto

Part 2 Hierarchical Dynamics: Process Integration across Levels

Chapter 6 Why Genomics Needs Multilevel Evolutionary Theory

T. Ryan Gregory, Tyler A. Elliott, and Stefan Linquist

Chapter 9 Systems Emergence

Mihaela Pavličev, Richard O. Prum, Gary Tomlinson, and Günter P. Wagner

Part 3 Biological Hierarchies and Macroevolutionary Patterns

Ecology and Evolution: Neither Separate nor Merged

Emanuele Serrelli and Ilya Tëmkin

Chapter 12 Niche Conservatism, Tracking, and Ecological Stasis

Carlton E. Brett, Andrew Zaffos, and Arnold I. Miller

End Matter