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The Coevolutionary Process - John N. Thompson

The Coevolutionary Process

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780226797601
Number Of Pages: 376

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Traditional ecological approaches to species evolution have frequently studied too few species, relatively small areas, and relatively short time spans. In "The Coevolutionary Process, " John N. Thompson advances a new conceptual approach to the evolution of species interactions--the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. Thompson demonstrates how an integrated study of life histories, genetics, and the geographic structure of populations yields a broader understanding of coevolution, or the development of reciprocal adaptations and specializations in interdependent species.
Using examples of species interactions from an enormous range of taxa, Thompson examines how and when extreme specialization evolves in interdependent species and how geographic differences in specialization, adaptation, and the outcomes of interactions shape coevolution. Through the geographic mosaic theory, Thompson bridges the gap between the study of specialization and coevolution in local communities and the study of broader patterns seen in comparisons of the phylogenies of interacting species.

"In this well-documented and clearly written book, Thompson has managed to integrate an enormous body of literature in a clear-eyed overview of a difficult and diverse field. We are impressed not only with the scope of the book, which includes a myriad of examples from a variety of taxa, but also with the attention to detail."--Carlos Mart nez del Rio and Diane Wagner, Princeton University "The importance of Thompson's geographical perspective cannot be overstated. Thompson uses it to turn existing views on their head. In particular, he very effectively dismantles our idea of diffuse coevolution by illustrating with numerous examples how what appears to be diffuse is probably much more specific when one looks at the variability in interactions among populations or time periods. I believe that the geographical perspective on coevolution may turn out to be the greatest advance in coevolutionary thinking in years."--Sara Via, Cornell University In this well-documented and clearly written book, Thompson has managed to integrate an enormous body of literature in a clear-eyed overview of a difficult and diverse field. We are impressed not only with the scope of the book, which includes a myriad of examples from a variety of taxa, but also with the attention to detail. --Carlos Martinez del Rio and Diane Wagner, Princeton University" The importance of Thompson s geographical perspective cannot be overstated. Thompson uses it to turn existing views on their head. In particular, he very effectively dismantles our idea of diffuse coevolution by illustrating with numerous examples how what appears to be diffuse is probably much more specific when one looks at the variability in interactions among populations or time periods. I believe that the geographical perspective on coevolution may turn out to be the greatest advance in coevolutionary thinking in years. --Sara Via, Cornell University"

The Entangled Bank
Specialization within Darwin's Entangled Bank
From the Entangled Bank to the Evolutionary Synthesis
Specialization and Coevolution since the Evolutionary Synthesis
The Evolution of Specialization
Phylogeny of Specialization
Evolutionary Genetics of Specialization
Ontogeny of Specialization
Natural Selection and the Geographic Structure of Specialization
Why Parasitism is Special
Choosing among Multiple Victims
Coping with Multiple Enemies: The Geography of Defense
Extreme Specialization in Mutualists
Further Limitations on Specialization in Mutualisms
Specialization and Coevolution
Genetics of Coevolution
The Geographic Mosaic Theory of Coevolution
Diversifying Coevolution
Asymmetries in Specialization and Coevolution
Pushing the Limits of Coevolution
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ISBN: 9780226797601
ISBN-10: 0226797600
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 2

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