The Individual in the Animal Kingdom

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The groundbreaking first book by a major evolutionary biologist, published in 1912, that anticipated current thinking about organismal complexity.
Julian Huxley's The Individual in the Animal Kingdom, published in 1912, is a concise and groundbreaking work that is almost entirely unknown today. In it, Huxley analyzes the evolutionary advances in life's organizational complexity, anticipating many of today's ideas about changes in individuality. Huxley's overarching system of concepts and his coherent logical principles were so far ahead of their time that they remain valid to this day. In part, this is because his explicitly Darwinian approach carefully distinguished between the integrated form and function of hierarchies within organisms and loosely defined, nonorganismal ecological communities.

In The Individual in the Animal Kingdom, we meet a youthful Huxley who uses his commanding knowledge of natural history to develop a nonreductionist account of life's complexity that aligns with seminal early insights by Darwin, Wallace, Weismann, and Wheeler. As volume editors Richard Gawne and Jacobus Boomsma point out, this work disappeared into oblivion despite its relevance for contemporary research on organismal complexity and major evolutionary transitions. This MIT Press edition gives Huxley's book a second hearing, offering readers a unique vantage point on the discoveries of evolutionary biology past and present.

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ISBN-13: 9780262045377
ISBN-10: 0262045370
Pagini: 192
Ilustrații: 18 black and white illustrations
Dimensiuni: 212 x 139 x 20 mm
Greutate: 0.29 kg
Editura: MIT Press Ltd


Foreword ix
Richard Gawne and Jacobus J. Boomsma
Glossary xli
Richard Gawne and Jacobus J. Boomsma
Preface xlv
Julian S. Huxley
I The Idea of Individuality 1
II The Biological Foundations of Individuality 25
III Some Other Definitions of Animal Individuality 51
IV The Second Grade of Individuality and Its Attainment 65
V The Later Progress of Individuality 87
VI The Relation of Individuality to Matter; Conclusion 111
Literature Cited 119
Appendix A 121
Appendix B 123
Notes 127
Index 133