Biogeography and Adaptation: Patterns of Marine Life

Biogeography and Adaptation: Patterns of Marine Life

by Geerat J. Vermeij

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The driving forces of natural selection leave their traces in the shapes of living creatures and their patterns of distribution. In this thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion of evolutionary process and adaptive response, Geerat Vermeij elucidates the general principles that underlie the great diversity of marine forms found in the world's great oceans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674073760
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1978
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. Climate and Limitations of Form

Part 1: Patterns of Adaptation along Gradients

2. Shelled Gastropods

3. Bivalves

4. Sessile Organisms

Part 2: Interoceanic Patterns of Adaptation

5. Predation and Grazing

6. Relation to Present-Day Conditions

Part 3: Geography and Evolution

7. Extinction and Speciation

8. Patterns of Biotic History

9. Barriers and Biotic Exchange




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