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Evolutionary Restraints: The Contentious History of Group Selection

Borrello, Mark E.

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ISBN 10: 0226067017 / ISBN 13: 9780226067018
Published by University Of Chicago Press, 2010
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Hardcover with dust jacket. 215 pages. Bound in light blue cloth with dark blue lettering on the spine. No date on title page. Copyright page dated 2010. Book is in good condition. There are numerous places in the book where the text has been underlined by a ball point pen. Some scattered Otherwise, pages are crisp and contain many black and white illustrations. The dust jacket is in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 8-777

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Title: Evolutionary Restraints: The Contentious ...

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

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 Much of the evolutionary debate since Darwin has focused on the level at which natural selection occurs. Most biologists acknowledge multiple levels of selection—from the gene to the species. The debate about group selection, however, is the focus of Mark E. Borrello’s Evolutionary Restraints.            Tracing the history of biological attempts to determine whether selection leads to the evolution of fitter groups, Borrello takes as his focus the British naturalist V. C. Wynne-Edwards, who proposed that animals could regulate their own populations and thus avoid overexploitation of their resources. By the mid-twentieth century, Wynne-Edwards became an advocate for group selection theory and led a debate that engaged the most significant evolutionary biologists of his time, including Ernst Mayr, G. C. Williams, and Richard Dawkins. This important dialogue bled out into broader conversations about population regulation, environmental crises, and the evolution of human social behavior. By examining a single facet in the long debate about evolution, Borrello provides powerful insight into an intellectual quandary that remains relevant and alive to this day.

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Mark E. Borrello is associate professor of the history of science in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota.

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