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- DescriptionBy suggesting that individual organisms should be viewed as a single coherent unit, working to maximize their own reproductive success, the author explains that as these organisms are selfish they have the capacity to effect the body of ather animal, so revolutionizing our views of adaptation. Dawkins shows that some such revolution is logically necessary, as genes can be said to have extended phetypes outside the body in which they sit. Other topics that the book examines include the theory of evolutionary stable strategies, the relationship between Darwinian and Lamarckian theories of general adaptation and the suggestion, first made in The Selfish Gene , Dawkin's controversial first book, and also recently reopened by molecular biologists under the catchphrase Selfish DNA , that some of the surplus DNA in eukaryotic gemes may be parasitic. In the final chapter the author returns to the individual organism as a phemen that needs explaining in its own right. Dawkin has also written The Blind Watchmaker .
- Author BiographyAbout the Author Richard Dawkins is a Fellow of New College and Lecturer in Animal Behavior at Oxford University. He is the author of The Selfish Gene and The Blind Watchmaker.
- Author(s)Richard Dawkins
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication01/12/1989
- SubjectLife Sciences: General
- Series TitleOxford paperbacks
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford Paperbacks
- Out-of-print date25/02/1999
- Content Notebibliography, index
- Weight481 g
- Width150 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edition StatementNew edition
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