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Developmental Plasticity and Evolution

by Mary Jane West-Eberhard
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 816 pages.

A major contribution to a synthesis of development and evolution, Developmental Plasticity and Evolution, in the words of the reviewer for Evolution & Development, "comprehensively explores the mechanisms and implications of developmental plasticity to numerous aspects of both micro- and macroevolution ... West-Eberhard seamlessly shifts between a broad mastery of the classical literature and up-to-date modern science. ... Every reader will find their own ideas altered and expanded by at least some of the examples and arguments representing the lifetime gestalt of this exemplary scientist." Mary Jane West-Eberhard is a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.