The Geometry of Evolution
The metaphor of the adaptive landscape - that evolution via the process of natural selection can be visualized as a journey across adaptive hills and valleys, mountains and ravines - permeates both evolutionary biology and the philosophy of science. The focus of this 2007 book is to demonstrate to the reader that the adaptive landscape concept can be put into actual analytical practice through the usage of theoretical morphospaces - geometric spaces of both existent and non-existent biological form - and to demonstrate the power of the adaptive landscape concept in understanding the process of evolution. The adaptive landscape concept further allows us to take a spatial approach to the concepts of natural selection, evolutionary constraint and evolutionary development. For that reason, this book relies heavily on spatial graphics to convey the concepts developed within these pages, and less so on formal mathematics.
• The adaptive landscape concept allows the user to view an organism's evolutionary trajectory through time, as a journey through the landscape driven by natural selection, and genetic morphological and developmental constraints • Details all the applications of the adaptive landscape concept in evolutionary biology • An introductory text that will be of use to advanced undergraduates and graduates of evolutionary biology