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The origin of species has spawned much interest and much literature in evolutionary biology over the past two decades, but no book-length account of the new findings and theories. Coyne (U. of Chicago) and Orr (U. of Rochester) set out to fill that gap. They see the current wave of research as a third phase—after Darwin and his immediate successors' notion of gradual speciation due to ecological isolation or other factors, and the later emphasis on sudden speciation due to mutation. They begin with the reality and concepts of species and the methods of studying speciation. Then they describe the many varieties of speciation and isolation, reinforcement, selection versus drift, and macroevolution. The volume is of exceptionally high quality. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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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: 1,301,886
  • 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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