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The development and evolution of butterfly wing patterns

Author: H Frederik Nijhout
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1991.
Series: Smithsonian series in comparative evolutionary biology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Integrating the results of comparative morphology, experiments on pattern development, the genetics of color patterns, and theoretical modeling of pattern formation, Nijhout shows that the enormous diversity of natural patterns arises largely from quantitative variations in a small set of readily understandable generating rules. Annotation Published: March 2014.
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Nijhout, H. Frederik.
Development and evolution of butterfly wing patterns.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1991
(OCoLC)645941568
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: H Frederik Nijhout
ISBN: 0874749212 9780874749212 0874749174 9780874749175
OCLC Number: 22767230
Description: xvi, 297 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
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Series Title: Smithsonian series in comparative evolutionary biology.
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Perhaps the most brilliant morphology book published in many years... This is a paradigmatic book for the study of morphologic variation and evolutionnnnn -- Gunter P. Wagner Quarterly Review Of Read more...

 
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