Evolutionary developmental biology, or 'evo-devo', is the study of the relationship between evolution and development. Dealing specifically with the generative mechanisms of organismal form, evo-devo goes straight to the core of the developmental origin of variation, the raw material on which natural selection (and random drift) can work. Evolving Pathways responds to the growing volume of data in this field, and its potential to answer fundamental questions in biology, by bringing together contributions that represent a diversity of approaches. Topics range from developmental genetics to comparative morphology of animals and plants alike, and also include botany and palaeontology, two disciplines for which the potential to be examined from an evo-devo perspective has largely been ignored until now. Researchers and graduate students will find this book a valuable overview of current research as we begin to fill a major gap in our perception of evolutionary change.
• Contributors include more than 20 leading scientists in evolutionary developmental biology, to provide a structured overview of the broad range of approaches to study in evo-devo• Includes contributions from botany and palaeontology, two disciplines for which the potential to be examined from an evo-devo point of view has been largely ignored until now• Provides critical assessments of materials and methods in evo-devo research, including criteria for selecting new model organisms