Asymmetry, Developmental Stability and Evolution

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Asymmetry, Developmental Stability and Evolution Authors: , Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press
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Pages: 302 Illustrations and other contents: line figures, tables Language: English ISBN: 9780198548942 Categories: , , , , ,

Why does nature love symmetry? In Asymmetry, Developmental Stability and Evolution, Moller and Swaddle analyse the evolutionary implications of symmetry. They advance and explain their theory that symmetry is related to genetic stability and fitness, and that symmetric individuals appear to have quantifiable and significant advantages over their asymmetric counterparts. When assessing potential mates or competitors, animals may be able to use symmetry as an honest indication of quality. This interdisciplinary book will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and animal behaviour.

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'...Throughout the book the authors discuss these topics with authority...if you work on FA keep this book in your laboratory-it cites references which you have not read-or, if you are thinking of incorporating FA into your research, read it before you start.' * John Manning, Heredity *