Evolutionary Theory and Processes: Modern Horizons
Papers in Honour of Eviatar Nevo
Wasser, Solomon (Ed.)
2004, LXXV, 420 p.
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Evolution is the most profound of human ideas integrating all natural phenomena: cosmic, biological, and cultural into a continuous universal change. This volume deals with evolutionary observations, experiments, and theories contributing to a deeper understanding of the evolutionary process, th honoring the 75 birthday of Eviatar (Eibi) Nevo. I first met Eibi in 1966 when he was a Fellow in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University and working mostly on cricket frog vocalization and speciation in the United States. His unique discovery of pipid fossil frogs in the Israeli Early Cretaceous, central Negev, is possibly the largest world collection of ancient fossil frogs. Our acquaintance developed into mutual friendship and admiration. Since then our long-lasting friendship has included a visit to Israel, enabling me to follow Eibi's major scientific achievements, in particular, his founding of the Institute of Evolution in the University of Haifa and now the pending establishment of the International Graduate School of Evolution. The research program of Eibi Nevo, in collaboration with numerous colleagues and students in Israel and across the world, encompasses diverse perspectives of evolutionary biology and biodiversity of genes, populations, species, and ecosystems integrating modem and classical evolutionary approaches, molecular and organismal. They deal with model organisms in all forms from bacteria through plants, fungi, animals, and humans conducted over local, regional, and global scales.
Eviatar Nevo (in Honour of His 75th Birthday). List of Selected Publications of Eviatar Nevo.
List of contributors. Acknowledgements.
Part One: Evolution of Life and Evolutionary Theory. Evolution and Life's Emergence under Prebiotic Conditions and in a Test-Tube; N. Lahav. Aging and the Environment: The Stress Theories; P.A. Parsons. Assessing Population Subdivisdion; J.F. Crow. Convergent Evolution in Extremely Halophilic Prokaryotes: A Comparison between Salinibacter ruber (Bacteria) and the Halobacteriaceae (Archaea); A. Oren. Complex Dynamics of Multilocus Genetic Systems Caused by Cyclical Selection; V.M. Kirzhner, V.M. Frenkel, A.B. Korol. Evolutionary Epistemology and Invalidation; Y. Ne'eman.
Part Two: Genome Evolution. Tuning Function of Tandemly Repeating Sequences: A Molecular Device for Fast Adaptation; E.N. Trifonov. Comparative Mammalian Genomics and Adaptive Evolution: Divergent Homologs and Novel Genes in the Cattle Genome; H.A. Lewin, J.H. Larson, C.G. Kumar. Selection Induced Genetic Variation: A New Model to Explain Direct and Indirect Effects of Sixty Years of Commercial Selection for Juvenile Growth Rate in Broiler Chickens, with Implications for Episodes of Rapid Evolutionary Change; Y. Eitan, M. Soller. Pseudogenes are Not Junk DNA; E.S. Balakirev, F.J. Ayala. Genome Signature Comparisons of the Proteobacteria; A.J. Gentles, S. Karlin.
Part Three: Phylogeography and Phylogeny. A Maximum Likelihood Framework for Cross Validation of Phylogeographic Hypotheses; A.R. Templeton. Modern View on the Origin and Phylogenic Reconstruction of Homobasidiomycetes Fungi; I.V. Zmitrovich, S.P. Wasser. Macroevolutionary Events and the Origin of Higher Taxa; V.A. Krassilov.
Part Four: Human Evolution and Ecology. Humankind's Place in a Phylogenic Classification of Living Primates; D.E. Wildman, M. Goodman. Evolution and Aging: Relation to Cellular Senescence and Telomere Biology; K. Skorecki, M. Tzukerman. The Evolution of Human Hairlessness: Cultural Adaptations and the Ectoparasite Hypothesis; M. Pagel, W. Bodmer. The Evolution of the Cultural Mediterranean Landscape in Israel as Affected by Fire, Grazing, and Human Activities; Z. Naveh, Y. Carmel.