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The Mermaid’s Tale

Four Billion Years of Cooperation in the Making of Living Things

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$52.00 • £45.95 • €47.95

ISBN 9780674031937

Publication Date: 02/15/2009


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 halftones, 52 line illustrations, 1 table


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  • Preface: A Biography of Life
  • I. The Time of Life: A Broadening Perspective
    • 1. Life as History
    • 2. Opening the Pentagon
    • 3. Principles of Life
    • 4. Inheritance with Memory
    • 5. Walking down Memory Lane
  • II. The Logic of Life: Complexity Made Simply
    • 6. Cells as Cytospecies
    • 7. Life on the Devo Scale: Cytospeciation and the Logic of Development
    • 8. Life on the Eco Scale: Directed Change from a Threatening, Unpredictable World
    • 9. Life on the Eco Scale: Making Sense of Complexity
  • III. The Consistency of Life: EcoDevoEvo
    • 10. Form Emerges in Many Ways
    • 11. The Cooperative Genome
    • 12. “Ligand Seeking Receptor. Objective: Binding Relationship”
  • Appendix A
  • Appendix B
  • Appendix C
  • Suggested Reading by General Category
  • References
  • Index

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