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The Theory of Evolution: Principles, Concepts, and Assumptions

Samuel M. Scheiner and David P. Mindell


The broad scope of evolutionary biology, operating across genes, organisms, clades and ecosystems, presents an ongoing challenge for those seeking to integrate the abundant new data and content available into a general theory of evolution going forward. This book presents seventeen chapters in which experts review the current state of research in evolution across disciplines, topics and constitutive theories, with a focus on integrating new findings with traditional approaches and views. The evolutionary topics range from biogeography, homology, development, life history, sex, natural selectio ... More

Keywords: evolution, theory, model, constitutive theory

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226671024
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226671338.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel M. Scheiner, editor

David P. Mindell, editor

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One The Theory of Evolution

David P. Mindell and Samuel M. Scheiner

Part I Overarching Issues

Two Historicizing the Synthesis

Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis

Five Traits and Homology

James O. Mcinerney

Six The Nature of Species in Evolution

Marco J. Nathan and Joel Cracraft

Part 2 Constitutive Theories

Nine The Inductive Theory of Natural Selection

Steven A. Frank and Gordon A. Fox

Eleven The Demography of Fitness

Gordon A. Fox and Samuel M. Scheiner

Fifteen Speciation

Scott V. Edwards, Robin Hopkins, and James Mallet

Sixteen The Theory of Evolutionary Biogeography

Rosemary G. Gillespie, Jun Y. Lim, and Andrew J. Rominger

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