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Origins of Biodiversity : An Introduction to Macroevolution and Macroecology - Lindell Bromham

Origins of Biodiversity

An Introduction to Macroevolution and Macroecology

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2019
ISBN: 9780199608713
Number Of Pages: 437

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This book is a unique introduction to the fields of macroevolution and macroecology, taking an enquiry-led approach to exploring the evolution and distribution of biodiversity across time, space and lineages.The only introduction to macroevolution and macroecology to adopt an innovative enquiry-led, case study-based framework to encourage active learning and critical thinking, this book:Extends the study of evolutionary biology and ecology beyond the topics covered in typical undergraduate textsExplores the nature of scientific investigation by emphasising hypothesis testing and highlighting the range of analytical tools available to contemporary researchersEncourages active student-driven learning by using open questions and current debates to promote critical thinking, identify interesting and important problems, and demonstrate how to frame testable research hypothesesCombines these three skills-an understanding of macroevolutionary and macroecological principles and patterns, a grasp of hypothesis testing, and the ability to identify important questions-to allow students to look at the world with new eyes, and develop an understanding of why the biological world is as it is.

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"An exceptionally well-written textbook on large-scale evolution and ecology, which engages students by using a problem-based approach to recent controversies and debates." - Dr Peter Bennett, University of Kent"The treatment of the topics is authoritative and up-to-date, and it is certainly written with modern undergraduates in mind." - Prof Arne Mooers, Simon Fraser University"This book is well-placed to invigorate the fields of macroevolution and macroecology by filling a gap that will open up the subject to the next generation of budding young scientists." - Dr Kevin Arbuckle, Swansea University"This book succeeds in being a different sort of textbook: one which helps the students to understand science better by helping them understand the process of knowledge creation." - Dr Richard Field, University of Nottingham

1: What is macroevolution? What is macroecology?2: How did evolution get started?3: Does evolution favour increased size and complexity?4: What caused the explosion of animal evolution in the Cambrian?5: Were dinosaurs evolutionary failures?6: Was the diversification of mammals due to luck?7: Is sex good for survival?8: Why are most species small?9: Why are there so many kinds of beetles?10: Why are there so many species in the tropics?11: What is the future of biodiversity?

ISBN: 9780199608713
ISBN-10: 0199608717
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 437
Published: 2nd May 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.88

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