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Robustness, Plasticity, and Evolvability in Mammals

A Thermal Niche Approach

Authors: Jones, Clara B

  • Provides new perspectives on common themes in the literature on robustness
  • Places particular emphasis upon the adaptive complex in relation to endogenous and exogenous organismal features
  • Attempts to address the origins, mechanisms, evolution, and consequences of developmental and phenotypic diversity
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Among the unresolved topics in evolutionary biology and behavioral ecology are the origins, mechanisms, evolution, and consequences of developmental and phenotypic diversity. In an attempt to address these challenges, plasticity has been investigated empirically and theoretically at all levels of biological organization—from biochemical to whole organism and beyond to the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Less commonly explored are constraints (e.g., ecological), costs (e.g., increased response error), perturbations (e.g., alterations in selection intensity), and stressors (e.g., resource limitation) influencing not only selective values of heritable phenotypic components but, also, decisions and choices (not necessarily conscious ones) available to individuals in populations. Treating extant mammals, the primary purpose of the proposed work is to provide new perspectives on common themes in the literature on robustness (“functional diversity”; differential resistance to “deconstraint” of conserved elements) and weak robustness (the potential to restrict plasticity and evolvability), plasticity (variation expressed throughout the lifetimes of individuals in a population setting “evolvability potential”), and evolvability (non-lethal phenotypic novelties induced by endogenous and/or exogenous stimuli). The proposed project will place particular emphasis upon the adaptive complex in relation to endogenous (e.g., genomes, neurophysiology) and exogenous (abiotic and biotic, including social environments) organismal features discussed as regulatory and environmental perturbations with the potential to induce, and, often, constrain variability and novelty of form and function

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: What Paths to Inclusive Fitness of Individuals and Mean Fitness of Mammal Populations?

    Jones, Clara B.

    Pages 1-5

  • Mammals: From Humble Vertebrate Beginnings to Global Terrestrial Dominance

    Jones, Clara B.

    Pages 7-20

  • Variability of Mammalian Thermal Niches: Differential Effects of Local and Global environmental Heterogeneity

    Jones, Clara B.

    Pages 21-43

  • Robustness and Polyphenisms in Mammals: “Core Processes,” “Repatterning,” “Constrained Variation,” and “Regulatory Logic”

    Jones, Clara B.

    Pages 45-70

  • Learning May Generate Phenotypic Variability in Heterogeneous Regimes

    Jones, Clara B.

    Pages 71-79

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eBook $34.99
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Softcover $49.95
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-3884-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Robustness, Plasticity, and Evolvability in Mammals
Book Subtitle
A Thermal Niche Approach
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Clara B. Jones
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-3885-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-3885-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-3884-7
Series ISSN
2192-8134
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 108
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
Topics