Evolution and escalation : an ecological history of life / Geerat J. Vermeij
- Vermeij, Geerat J., 1946-
- Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xv, 527 pages)
- A Theory of Adaptation -- Aptations and Selective Agencies -- Natural Selection and Adaptation -- The Recognition of Aptations -- Effectiveness, Improvement, and Escalation -- Environmental Challenges and Pathways of Adaptation -- The Ranking of Selective Agencies -- Limits to Adaptation -- The Nature of Limitation -- Genetic and Developmental Limitation -- Ecological Limitation -- The Spatial Dimension -- Summary of the Theory of Adaptation -- Hypotheses and Their Evaluation in a Historical Science -- Predictions from the Theory of Adaptation -- The Nature of Historical Inquiry -- Artifacts and Resolution in the Fossil Record -- Functional Morphology and Ecological Inference in Fossils -- The Acquisition of Resources -- Mechanisms and History of Competition -- Types of Competition -- Clones and Colonies -- Competition in Plants -- Metabolic Rate and Competition -- Competition for Mates -- Safe Places, Anachronistic Aptations, and the Recycling of Resources -- The Invasion of Safe Places and Its Consequences -- The Identification of Safe Places -- Deep Water -- Caves and Interstitial Environments -- The Infaunal Environment -- Bioerosion and the Endolithic Environment -- Fresh Water and the Dry Land -- Parasitism and Mutualism -- The Predators of Armored Animals: Functional Morphology and History -- Methods of Subjugation -- The History of Molluscivory -- The Evolution of Armor and Locomotion -- The Functional Morphology and History of Gastropod Armor -- The Functions of Armor -- The Characteristics of Gastropod Shell Armor.
- 9780691224244 (electronic bk.) and 0691224242 (electronic bk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-519) and index.
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