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The Ecology of Adaptive Radiation : Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution - Dolph Schluter

The Ecology of Adaptive Radiation

Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution

Paperback Published: 1st October 2000
ISBN: 9780198505228
Number Of Pages: 296

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Adaptive radiation is the evolution of diversity within a rapidly multiplying lineage. It can cause a single ancestral species to differentiate into an impressively vast array of species inhabiting a variety of environments. Much of life's diversity has arisen during adaptive radiations. Some of the most famous recent examples include the East African cichlid fishes, the Hawaiian silverswords, and of course, Darwin's Galápagos finches,. This book evaluates the causes of adaptive radiation. It focuses on the 'ecological' theory of adaptive radiation, a body of ideas that began with Darwin and was developed through the early part of the 20th Century. This theory proposes that phenotypic divergence and speciation in adaptive radiation are caused ultimately by divergent natural selection arising from differences in environment and competition between species. In The Ecology of Adaptive Radiation the author re-evaluates the ecological theory, along with its most significant extensions and challenges, in the light of all the recent evidence. This important book is the first full exploration of the causes of adaptive radiation to be published for decades, written by one of the world's best young evolutionary biologists.

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" ...concise and well written ... Researchers in the field should find the volume indispensible for the clarity with which the author summarises existing information and delineates just what has and what has not been supported by empirical evidence...excellent book ... Essential reading for anyone interested in the topic, from advanced undergraduates onwards."Heredity

1: The origins of ecological diversity 2: Detecting adaptive radiation 3: The progress of adaptive radiation 4: The ecological theory of adaptive radiation 5: Divergent natural selection between environments 6: Divergence and species interactions 7: Ecological opportunity 8: The ecological basis of speciation 9: Divergence along genetic lines of least resistance 10: The ecology of adaptive radiation

ISBN: 9780198505228
ISBN-10: 0198505221
Series: Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st October 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 16.26  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.43

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