The Shape of Life: Genes, Development, and the Evolution of Animal Form


Rudolf Raff is recognized as a pioneer in evolutionary developmental biology. In their 1983 book, "Embryos, Genes, and Evolution," Raff and co-author Thomas Kaufman proposed a synthesis of developmental and evolutionary biology. In "The Shape of Life," Raff analyzes the rise of this new experimental discipline and lays out new research questions, hypotheses, and approaches to guide its development. Raff uses the evolution of animal body plans to exemplify the interplay between developmental mechanisms and evolutionary ...

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