The Coevolutionary Process / Edition 2

The Coevolutionary Process / Edition 2

by John N. Thompson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226797600

ISBN-13: 9780226797601

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Traditional ecological approaches to species evolution have frequently studied too few species, relatively small areas, and relatively short time spans. In The Coevolutionary Process, John N. Thompson advances a new conceptual approach to the evolution of species interactions—the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. Thompson demonstrates how an

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Traditional ecological approaches to species evolution have frequently studied too few species, relatively small areas, and relatively short time spans. In The Coevolutionary Process, John N. Thompson advances a new conceptual approach to the evolution of species interactions—the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. Thompson demonstrates how an integrated study of life histories, genetics, and the geographic structure of populations yields a broader understanding of coevolution, or the development of reciprocal adaptations and specializations in interdependent species.

Using examples of species interactions from an enormous range of taxa, Thompson examines how and when extreme specialization evolves in interdependent species and how geographic differences in specialization, adaptation, and the outcomes of interactions shape coevolution. Through the geographic mosaic theory, Thompson bridges the gap between the study of specialization and coevolution in local communities and the study of broader patterns seen in comparisons of the phylogenies of interacting species.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226797601
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Edition description:
1
Pages:
383
Sales rank:
990,910
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Entangled Bank
1 Specialization within Darwin's Entangled Bank
2 From the Entangled Bank to the Evolutionary Synthesis
3 Specialization and Coevolution since the Evolutionary Synthesis
Part II. The Evolution of Specialization
4 Phylogeny of Specialization
5 Evolutionary Genetics of Specialization
6 Ontogeny of Specialization
Part III. Natural Selection and the Geographic Structure of Specialization
7 Why Parasitism is Special
8 Choosing among Multiple Victims
9 Coping with Multiple Enemies: The Geography of Defense
10 Extreme Specialization in Mutualists
11 Further Limitations on Specialization in Mutualisms
Part IV. Specialization and Coevolution
12 Genetics of Coevolution
13 The Geographic Mosaic Theory of Coevolution
14 Diversifying Coevolution
15 Asymmetries in Specialization and Coevolution
16 Pushing the Limits of Coevolution

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