Evolution of sleep: Phylogenetic and functional perspectives

Patrick McNamara, Robert A. Barton, Charles L. Nunn

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Research during the past two decades has produced major advances in understanding sleep within particular species. Simultaneously, molecular advances have made it possible to generate phylogenetic trees, while new analytical methods provide the tools to examine macroevolutionary change on these trees. These methods have recently been applied to questions concerning the evolution of distinctive sleep state characteristics and functions. This book synthesizes recent advances in our understanding of the evolutionary origins of sleep and its adaptive function, and it lays the groundwork for future evolutionary research by assessing sleep patterns in the major animal lineages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages277
ISBN (Electronic)9780511642074
ISBN (Print)9780521894975
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


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