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Advances in Marine Genomics

Evolutionary Transitions to Multicellular Life

Principles and mechanisms

Editors: Trillo, Inaki Ruiz, Nedelcu, Aurora M (Eds.)

  • Broadens our perspective on a major evolutionary innovation (the origin of multicellularity)
  • Summarizes the latest research and theories on how and why multicellularity evolved
  • Discusses different types of multicellularity and model-systems, and describes different approaches currently used to understand the evolution of multicellularity
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About this book

The book integrates our understanding of the factors and processes underlying the evolution of multicellularity by providing several complementary perspectives (both theoretical and experimental) and using examples from various lineages in which multicellularity evolved. Recent years marked an increased interest in understanding how and why these transitions occurred, and data from various fields are providing new insights into the forces driving the several independent transitions to multicellular life as well as into the genetic and molecular basis for the evolution of this phenotype. The ultimate goal of this book is to facilitate the identification of general and unifying principles and mechanisms.

About the authors

Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo is an ICREA Research Professor at the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF) in Barcelona. His educational background includes a B.S. in Biology from the University of Barcelona. He earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Barcelona and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Dalhousie University (Canada). His current research interests include the study of the molecular mechanisms involved in the origin of multicellular animals, the analysis of genomes of different protists, the study of higher phylogenetic relationships of eukaryotes, and the understanding of the genetic repertoire of the last eukaryotic common ancestor.

Aurora M. Nedelcu is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton, Canada). She also holds an Adjunct position in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Arizona (Tucson, USA) and is an External Faculty in the Center for Evolution and Cancer at the University of California San Francisco (USA). She received a BSc in Biology from ³Babes-Bolyai² University (Cluj, Romania), and a PhD in Biology from Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada). She completed her postdoctoral training in the Organelle Genome Mega sequencing Lab at the Universite de Montreal  and in the EEB Department at the University of Arizona. Her current research interests include understanding the principles and mechanisms involved in the evolution of complexity, multicellularity, cell differentiation, altruism, programmed cell death, and cancer.

Reviews

“This volume includes 22 articles organized into five parts describing: research aimed at locating examples of multicellularity in the Tree of Life; model multicellulars; different theoretical approaches to multicellularity; insights from comparative genomics; and insights from research into molecular mechanisms underlying multicellularity. … the collection provides a comprehensive explanation for why there are no simple answers to when multicellularity first appeared, how many times it appeared, or why and how.” (Ellen Clarke, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 91 (3), September, 2016)

“The chapters effectively lead readers through the evidence for multicellularity in the ToL, discuss models systems in depth (especially algae and the choanoflagellates, the latter leading to animal multicellularity), present theoretical approaches, discuss insights from comparative genomic analyses, and summarize understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved. … The book is especially valuable for researchers in or planning to enter the field who seek integrative and novel systems and approaches. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.” (B. K. Hall, Choice, Vol. 53 (2), October, 2015)


Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Timing the Origins of Multicellular Eukaryotes Through Phylogenomics and Relaxed Molecular Clock Analyses

    Sharpe*, Susan C. (et al.)

    Pages 3-29

  • Fossil and Transcriptomic Perspectives on the Origins and Success of Metazoan Multicellularity

    Valentine, James W. (et al.)

    Pages 31-46

  • Origin of Metazoan Developmental Toolkits and Their Expression in the Fossil Record

    Tweedt, Sarah M. (et al.)

    Pages 47-77

  • Multicellularity in Bacteria: From Division of Labor to Biofilm Formation

    Aguilar, Claudio (et al.)

    Pages 79-95

  • Choanoflagellates: Perspective on the Origin of Animal Multicellularity

    Fairclough, Stephen R.

    Pages 99-116

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9642-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-9641-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 17, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0359-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolutionary Transitions to Multicellular Life
Book Subtitle
Principles and mechanisms
Editors
  • Inaki Ruiz Trillo
  • Aurora M Nedelcu
Series Title
Advances in Marine Genomics
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9642-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9642-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9641-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0359-6
Series ISSN
1879-8012
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 489
Number of Illustrations and Tables
40 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
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