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Adaptation and natural selection : a critique of some current evolutionary thought

Author: George C Williams
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1996.
Series: Princeton science library.
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Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in  Read more...
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Williams, George Christopher.
Adaptation and natural selection.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1996
(DLC) 65017164
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George C Williams
ISBN: 9781400820108 1400820103 0691023573 9780691023571 1282751433 9781282751439 9786612751431 6612751436 1400813824 9781400813827
OCLC Number: 715191226
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 307 pages).
Contents: Introduction --
Natural selection, adaptation, and progress --
Natural selection, ecology, and morphogenesis --
Group selection --
Adaptations of the genetic system --
Reproductive physiology and behavior --
Social adaptations --
Other supposedly group-related adaptations --
The scientific study of adaptation.
Series Title: Princeton science library.
Responsibility: George C. Williams.

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Biological evolution is a fact--but the many conflicting theories of evolution remain controversial even today. In 1966, simple Darwinism, which holds that evolution functions primarily at the level of the individual organism, was threatened by opposing concepts such as group selection, a popular idea stating that evolution acts to select entire species rather than individuals. George Williams's famous argument in favor of the Darwinists struck a powerful blow to those in opposing camps. His Adaptation and Natural Selection, now a classic of science literature, is a thorough and conv.

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