This is the first and only book, so far, to deal with the causal basis of evolution from an epigenetic view. By revealing the epigenetic "user" of the "genetic toolkit", this book demonstrates the primacy of epigenetic mechanisms and epigenetic information in generating evolutionary novelties.
The author convincingly supports his theory with a host of examples from the most varied fields of biology, by emphasizing changes in developmental pathways as the basic source of evolutionary change in metazoans.
- Original and thought provoking--a radically new theory that overcomes the present difficulties of the theory of evolution
- Is the first and only theory that uses epigenetic mechanisms and principles for explaining evolution of metazoans
- Takes an integrative approach and shows a wide range of learning
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Part 1: Epigenetic Basis of Metazoan Heredity
- Control Systems and Determination of Phenotypic Traits in Metazoans
- Neural Manipulation of Gene Expression
- Epigenetic Control of Reproduction
- Epigenetic Control of Early Development
- Neural Control of Postphylotypic Development
- The Epigenetic System of Heredity
Part 2: Neural-Developmental Premises of Evolutionary Adaptation
- Evolution and Stress Responses to Changes in Environment
- Behavioral Adaptation to Changed Conditions of Living
- Ontology: The Workshop of Evolutionary Change
- Intragenerational Developmental Plasticity
Part 3: Epigenetics of Circumevolutionary Phenomena and the Mechansim of the Evolutionary Change
- Transgenerational Developmental Plasticity
An Epitome of Evolutionary Change
- Evolution of Metazoans and Their Control System
Part 4: Epigenetics of Metazoan Evolution
- Origins of Evolutionary Novelty
- Evolution by Loss
- Evolution by Reverting to Ancestral Characters
- Neural Crest-Determined Evolutionary Novelties
- Evolutionary Convergences: The Trend Toward Sameness in Metazoan Evolution
- Species and Allopatric Speciaition
- Epigentics of Sympatric Speciation
Speciation as a Mechanism of Evolution
Dr. Nelson R. Cabej is the author of Epigenetic Principles Of Evolution (Elsevier, 2011) and Building The Most Complex Structure On Earth (Elsevier, 2013), in which he examines the role of epigenetic mechanisms in organismal evolution. He has published more than 40 scientific articles and 10 books in English and his native language of Albanian on evolutionary biology, epigenetics, and developmental biology. Dr. Cabej earned his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Tirana, Albania, and presently serves as Researcher in the Department of Biology at the university. He has previously taught biology at William Paterson College, Wayne, N.J, USA.