Classic Works in Evolutionary Biology S2014

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Course Information

Instructors: Kurt Schwenk and Elizabeth Jockusch
Meeting time: Tuesdays, 4-5 pm
Meeting place: Bamford Room


Classic Works in Evolutionary Biology List
Ned Friedman's page on early Evolutionists link
course pdf upload link
Class email list Pdficon small.gif

Discussion Schedule

Date Discussion Leader(s) Readings Additional Resources
Jan. 28 Kurt and Elizabeth Excerpts from William Paley's "Natural Theology"
Pdficon small.gif Design Argument
Pdficon small.gif Paley on Selection

Excerpts from William Whewell's 1845 "Indications of the Creator"

Pdficon small.gif Final Causes
Pdficon small.gif Transmutation of Species
Feb. 4 Bill Lamarck's Physiological Zoology (1809)
Pdficon small.gif Ch. 7-Influence of the Environment

Excerpts from Owen on Homology and Types

Pdficon small.gif 1846 Pdficon small.gif 1848 Pdficon small.gif 1849
Feb. 11 Veronica Darwin's and Wallace's 1858 Linnean Society Texts
Pdficon small.gif Text with Ghiselin commentary
Pdficon small.gif Original
Visualization: The Preservation of Favored Traces
-- a graphic representation of the changes to *On the Origin of Species* through its six editions.

Owen's (anonymous) review of the Origin link
Wallace Appreciations

Pdficon small.gif Red-hot radical Pdficon small.gif Biogeographer

Wallace-Darwin similarities: more than a coincidence?

Pdficon small.gif Davies Pdficon small.gif Smith
Feb. 25 Cera Heredity and Variation
Pdficon small.gif Weismann (1893) Introduction to the Germ-Plasm--Read part B, Desriptive part (p. 20-end)
Pdficon small.gif Title page to Weismann's Germ-Plasm book.
Pdficon small.gif Bateson (1899)

Also worth a look, to see how rapidly genetics progressed

Pdficon small.gif Morgan (1915)
Classic Literature in Genetics link
March 4 Population Genetic Groundwork for the Modern Synthesis
March 11 Excerpt from Dobzhansky (1937) Genetics and the Origin of Species
March 18 Excerpt from Simpson (1953) Major Features of Evolution
April 1 Excerpt from Mayr (1963) Animal Species and Evolution
April 8 Evo-Devo: outside the synthesis (selections from Waddington, Goldschmidt, and/or Schmalhausen)
April 15 Tentative: Gould and Lewontin, Spandrels
April 22 Tentative: Van Valen, Red Queen
April 29 Tentative: Felsenstein, Phylogeny and the Comparative Method