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Modular Evolution: How Natural Selection Produces Biological Complexity

Vinicius, L; (2010) Modular Evolution: How Natural Selection Produces Biological Complexity. Cambridge University Press

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Abstract

Modular Evolution presents a new theory for the emergence of biological complexity and the evolution of human uniqueness. The book addresses key debates in evolutionary theory, including the role of genes and sex in evolution, the adaptive reasons for senescence and death and the origin of neural information. The author argues that biological complexity increased through 'modularity transfer': modular phenotypes (proteins, somatic cells, learned behaviours) evolved into new modular information carriers (regulatory proteins, neural cells, words), giving rise to new information systems and higher levels of biological organisation. Modular Evolution makes sense of the unique place of humans in evolution, both as the pinnacle of biological complexity and inventors of non-biological evolution.

Type:Book
Title:Modular Evolution: How Natural Selection Produces Biological Complexity
ISBN:0521429641
ISBN-13:9780521429641
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology

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