Evolutionary developmental biology is a field of biological research that compares the developmental processes of different organisms to infer the ancestral relationships between them and how developmental processes evolved.
- Book: Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Rivera)
- The fields of Development and Evolution cannot be truly separated. When we study Developmental Biology we are mostly looking at a fine-tuned mechanical and genetic process that has been selected on for eons. Not only can evolution select on the final product - a working, fertile adult - but also can act at each developmental stage. It is easy to see how evolution acts through natural selection on adults, but how can it act on development itself?
- Book: Phylogenetic Comparative Methods (Harmon)
- Evolution is happening all around us. In many cases – lately, due to technological advances in molecular biology – scientists can now describe the evolutionary process in exquisite detail. We understand the genetics, development, and biomechanical processes that link changes in a Galapagos finches’ diet to the shape of their bill. And, in some cases, we can watch as one species splits to become two.
- 1: A Macroevolutionary Research Program
- 2: Fitting Statistical Models to Data
- 3: Introduction to Brownian Motion
- 4: Fitting Brownian Motion
- 5: Multivariate Brownian Motion
- 6: Beyond Brownian Motion
- 7: Models of Discrete Character Evolution
- 8: Fitting Models of Discrete Character Evolution
- 9: Beyond the Mk Model
- 10: Introduction to Birth-Death Models
- 11: Fitting Birth-Death Models
- 12: Beyond Birth-Death models
- 13: Characters and Diversification Rates
- 14: What have we learned from the trees?
Thumbnail: "Views of a Fetus in the Womb", Leonardo da Vinci, ca. 1510-1512. The subject of prenatal development is a major subset of developmental biology.