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By Gerd Muller (editor)

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9783319329772 | Springer Verlag, September 14, 2018, cover price $729.00
9783319329789 | Har/psc edition (Springer Verlag, September 14, 2018), cover price $929.00

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By Shigeru Kuratani (editor)

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9784431897323 | Springer Verlag, August 6, 2016, cover price $189.00

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By Lucia Muggia (editor)

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9781786340573 | World Scientific Pub Co Inc, December 31, 2016, cover price $138.00

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9780226411019 | Univ of Chicago Pr, December 5, 2016, cover price $45.00

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From a small island in the Baltic Sea to the large tropical islands of Borneo and Madagascar, Messages from Islands is a global tour of these natural, water-bound laboratories. In this career-spanning work, Ilkka Hanski draws upon the many islands on which he performed fieldwork to convey key themes in ecology. By exploring the islands’ biodiversity as an introduction to general issues, Hanski helps us to learn how species and communities interact in fragmented landscapes, how evolution generates biodiversity, and how this biodiversity is maintained over time. Beginning each chapter on a particular island, Hanski dives into reflections on his own field studies before going on to pursue a variety of ecological questions, including: What is the biodiversity crisis? What are extinction thresholds and extinction debts? What can the biodiversity hypothesis tell us about rapidly increasing allergies, asthma, and other chronic inflammatory disorders? The world’s largest island, Greenland, for instance, is the starting point for a journey into the benefits that humankind acquires from biodiversity, including the staggering biodiversity of microbes in the ecosystems that are closest to us—the ecosystems in our guts, in our respiratory tracts, and under our skin. Conceptually oriented but grounded in an adventurous personal narrative, Messages from Islands is a landmark work that lifts the natural mysteries of islands from the sea, bringing to light the thrilling complexities and connections of ecosystems worldwide.

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9780226406305 | Univ of Chicago Pr, December 5, 2016, cover price $100.00

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9780226406442 | Reprint edition (Univ of Chicago Pr, December 5, 2016), cover price $32.50 | About this edition: From a small island in the Baltic Sea to the large tropical islands of Borneo and Madagascar, Messages from Islands is a global tour of these natural, water-bound laboratories.

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9780691145433 | Princeton Univ Pr, November 29, 2016, cover price $65.00

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9780198788782 | 4th edition (Oxford Univ Pr, November 1, 2016), cover price $34.95

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In his Descent of Man , Charles Darwin placed sympathy at the crux of morality in a civilized human society. His idea buttressed the belief that white, upper-class, educated men deserved their sense of superiority by virtue of good breeding. It also implied that societal progress could be steered by envisioning a new blueprint for sympathy that redefined moral actions carried out in sympathy's name. Rob Boddice joins a daring intellectual history of sympathy to a portrait of how the first Darwinists defined and employed it. As Boddice shows, their interpretations of Darwin's ideas sparked a cacophonous discourse intent on displacing previous notions of sympathy. Scientific and medical progress demanded that "cruel" practices like vivisection and compulsory vaccination be seen as moral for their ultimate goal of alleviating suffering. Some even saw the so-called unfit--natural targets of sympathy--as a danger to society and encouraged procreation by the "fit" alone. Right or wrong, these early Darwinists formed a moral economy that acted on a new system of ethics, reconceptualized obligations, and executed new duties. Boddice persuasively argues that the bizarre, even dangerous formulations of sympathy they invented influence society and civilization in the present day.

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9780252040580 | Univ of Illinois Pr, November 1, 2016, cover price $95.00

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9780252082054 | Reprint edition (Univ of Illinois Pr, November 1, 2016), cover price $28.00 | About this edition: In his Descent of Man , Charles Darwin placed sympathy at the crux of morality in a civilized human society.

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Humans, however much we would care to think otherwise, do not represent the fated pinnacle of ape evolution. The diversity of life, from single-celled organisms to multicellular animals and plants, is the result of a long, complex, and highly chancy history. But how profoundly has chance shaped life on earth? And what, precisely, do we mean by chance? Bringing together biologists, philosophers of science, and historians of science, Chance in Evolution is the first book to untangle the far-reaching effects of chance, contingency, and randomness on the evolution of life. The book begins by placing chance in historical context, starting with the ancients and moving through Darwin and his contemporaries, documenting how the understanding of chance changed as Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection developed into the modern synthesis, and how the acceptance of chance in Darwinian theory affected theological resistance to it. Subsequent chapters detail the role of chance in contemporary evolutionary theory—in particular, in connection with the concepts of genetic drift, mutation, and parallel evolution—as well as recent empirical work in the experimental evolution of microbes and in paleobiology. By engaging in collaboration across biology, history, philosophy, and theology, this book offers a comprehensive and synthetic overview both of the history of chance in evolution and of our current best understanding of the impact of chance on life on earth.
By Charles H. Pence (editor)

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9780226401744 | Univ of Chicago Pr, October 31, 2016, cover price $125.00

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9780226401881 | Reprint edition (Univ of Chicago Pr, October 31, 2016), cover price $45.00 | About this edition: Humans, however much we would care to think otherwise, do not represent the fated pinnacle of ape evolution.

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Product Description: In the mid-twentieth century, American plant breeders, frustrated by their dependence on natural variation in creating new crops and flowers, eagerly sought technologies that could extend human control over nature. Their search led them to celebrate a series of strange tools: an x-ray beam directed at dormant seeds, a drop of chromosome-altering colchicine on a flower bud, and a piece of radioactive cobalt in a field of growing crops...read more

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9780226390086 | Univ of Chicago Pr, October 31, 2016, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: In the mid-twentieth century, American plant breeders, frustrated by their dependence on natural variation in creating new crops and flowers, eagerly sought technologies that could extend human control over nature.

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Product Description: This volume provides insight into gibbon diet and community ecology, the mating system and reproduction, and conservation biology, all topics which represent areas of substantial progress in understanding socio-ecological flexibility and conservation needs of the hylobatid family...read more
By Claudia Barelli (editor)

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9781493956128 | Springer Verlag, September 22, 2016, cover price $179.00 | About this edition: This volume provides insight into gibbon diet and community ecology, the mating system and reproduction, and conservation biology, all topics which represent areas of substantial progress in understanding socio-ecological flexibility and conservation needs of the hylobatid family.

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