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?
- Front Matter
- 1: Introduction to Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EvoDevo)
- 2: Fertilization and Cortical Rotation
- 3: Cleavage and Gastrulation
- 4: Genetic Toolkit
- 5: Regionalization and Organizers
- 6: Genetic Basis of Complexity
- 7: Patterning
- 8: Novelty
- 9: Evolvability and Plasticity
- 10: Case Studies
- Back Matter
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.