Asymmetry, Developmental Stability, and Evolution (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution) Anders Pape Møller

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Published: February 19th 1998

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304 pages


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Asymmetry, Developmental Stability, and Evolution (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution)  by  Anders Pape Møller

Asymmetry, Developmental Stability, and Evolution (Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution) by Anders Pape Møller
February 19th 1998 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 304 pages | ISBN: | 10.66 Mb

Why does nature love symmetry? In this up-to-date review of symmetry and its evolutionary implications, Anders Møller and John Swaddle argue that symmetry is related to genetic stability and fitness and that symmetric individuals appear to haveMoreWhy does nature love symmetry? In this up-to-date review of symmetry and its evolutionary implications, Anders Møller and John Swaddle argue that symmetry is related to genetic stability and fitness and that symmetric individuals appear to have quantifiable and significant advantages over their asymmetric counterparts.

In contrast, asymmetry, a common measure of developmental instability, is the result of environmental or genetic disruptions of developmental processes, such as pollutants, competition, parasitism, inbreeding, genetic mutation, and hybridization. Møller and Swaddle maintain that deviations from morphological symmetry are important factors in social or sexual situations: animals may be able to use symmetry as an honest indication of quality when assessing potential mates or competitors. This comprehensive review of the literature on developmental stability will be important reading for students and researchers in the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and animal behavior.



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