Book

Darwinian Detectives

Norman A. Johnson

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780195306750
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790203 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306750.001.0001
Darwinian Detectives

Show Summary Details

Preview

Some six million years ago, two branches of the evolutionary tree diverged: one that led to chimpanzees and bonobos, and one that led to us. Extraordinary advances in our ability to obtain and process DNA sequence information permits scientists to address fundamental questions about the evolutionary histories of varied species, including our own. Ascertaining the sequence of the genome — the complete complement of DNA information — from both humans and chimpanzees allows scientists to address such questions as: which genes were subjected to natural selection along our evolutionary branch? Are these the genetic changes that made us human? The book addresses these and other questions about human evolutionary history, including our domestication of other animals and of plants. It also explores how researchers use the tools of molecular genetics and population genetics theory to unravel the secrets of the natural histories of genes and genomes. Much like detectives looking to ascertain the circumstances behind a crime, these scientists can develop and test inferences about the nature of the natural selection and other evolutionary pressures that have shaped the organisms that harbor these genes.

Keywords: chimpanzees; DNA; domestication; evolution; genes; genome; humans; natural history; natural selection; population genetics

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »


Table of Contents

The Baby with the Baboon Heart in Darwinian Detectives

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Detecting Positive Selection in Darwinian Detectives

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Balancing Selection and Disease in Darwinian Detectives

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Finding Our Roots in Darwinian Detectives

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Who Were the Neanderthals? in Darwinian Detectives

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Are We the Third Chimpanzee? in Darwinian Detectives

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Clicks, Genes, and Languages in Darwinian Detectives

Chapter

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

See all items in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.