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This volume describes the genetic mechanisms that govern the development and evolution of animals and plants. In particular, the book focuses on animal and plant species evolving in isolated habitats and species colonizing new territories. This approach - studying "founder" populations - enables geneticists to more readily identify some of the evolutionary pressures affecting the speciation process. The Founder Principle in population genetics was elucidated in large part by Hampton Carson in classic studies of Hawaiian fruit flies (Drosophilia). The editors of this volume have commissioned seventeen chapters by an internationally recognized group of geneticists who discuss the Founder Principle in relation to plant speciation, chromosomal evolution, molecular evolution and development, sexual selection, and genetic changes in natural populations. The volume was organized as a tribute to Professor Carson on the occasion of his retirement from the University of Hawaii.
"These essays explore the nature and importance of the "founder effect"--a genetic phenomenon considered to be increasingly important to the formation of species in plants and animals . . . . Contributors include such well-known longtime researchers as James V. Neel and Ledyard Stebbins. For an audience sophisticated in genetics, including upper-division undergraduates and graduate students." --Choice "This book should be consulted by all those interested in speciation. It is a definitive statement of ideas from the "Hawaiian school" of evolution, including a new theory from Kaneshiro about the effect of founder events on female preferences. Many of the papers are of wider interest than the title of the volume might suggest, and address such diverse subjects as adaptive radiation in plants, karyotypic evolution, sexual selection, and the genetics of the Yanomama Indians." --The Quarterly Review of Biology
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st June 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.97