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Overview

Over the last two decades, the study of speciation has expanded from a modest backwater of evolutionary biology into a large and vigorous discipline. Thus, the literature on speciation, as well as the number of researchers and students working in this area, has grown explosively. Despite these developments, there has been no book-length treatment of speciation in many years. As a result, both the seasoned scholar and the newcomer to evolutionary biology had no ready guide to the recent literature on speciation-a body of work that is enormous, scattered, and increasingly technical. Although several excellent symposium volumes have recently appeared, these collections do not provide a unified, critical, and up-to-date overview of the field. Speciation is designed to fill this gap. Aimed at professional biologists, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates, Speciation covers both plants and animals (the first book on this subject to do so), and deals with all relevant areas of research, including biogeography, field work, systematics, theory, and genetic and molecular studies. It gives special emphasis to topics that are either controversial or the subject of active research, including sympatric speciation, reinforcement, the role of hybridization in speciation, the search for genes causing reproductive isolation, and mounting evidence for the role of natural and sexual selection in the origin of species. The authors do not hesitate to take stands on these and other controversial issues. This critical and scholarly book will be invaluable to researchers in evolutionary biology and is also ideal for a graduate-level course on speciation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878930890
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 545
  • Sales rank: 1,082,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Species : reality and concepts 9
2 Studying speciation 55
3 Allopatric and parapatric speciation 83
4 Sympatric speciation 125
5 Ecological isolation 179
6 Behavioral and nonecological isolation 211
7 Postzygotic isolation 247
8 The genetics of postzygotic isolation 283
9 Polyploidy and hybrid speciation 321
10 Reinforcement 353
11 Selection versus drift 383
12 Speciation and macroevolution 441
App A catalogue and critique of species concepts 447
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    Excelent study of speciation

    This is a very well writen book. It reads well and the material is presented that any grad student(like myself) or advanced undergrad can understand. Theories of speciation are well laid out and discussed in-debth. Good for any proffesional book collection.

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