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The Nature of Diversity : An Evolutionary Voyage of Discovery - Daniel R. Brooks

The Nature of Diversity

An Evolutionary Voyage of Discovery

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Published: 1st January 2002
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All living things on earth--from individual species to entire ecosystems--have evolved through time, and evolution is the acknowledged framework of modern biology. Yet many areas of biology have moved from a focus on evolution to much narrower perspectives.
Daniel R. Brooks and Deborah A. McLennan argue that it is impossible to comprehend the nature of life on earth unless evolution--the history of organisms--is restored to a central position in research. They demonstrate how the phylogenetic approach can be integrated with ecological and behavioral studies to produce a richer and more complete picture of evolution. Clearly setting out the conceptual, methodological, and empirical foundations of their research program, Brooks and McLennan show how scientists can use it to unravel the evolutionary history of virtually any characteristic of any living thing, from behaviors to ecosystems. They illustrate and test their approach with examples drawn from a wide variety of species and habitats.
"The Nature of Diversity" provides a powerful new tool for understanding, documenting, and preserving the world's biodiversity. It is an essential book for biologists working in evolution, ecology, behavior, conservation, and systematics. The argument in "The Nature of Diversity" greatly expands upon and refines the arguments made in the authors' previous book P"hylogeny, Ecology, and Behavior."

"Brooks and McLennan give us a new and clean way of looking at life on earth, rich in examples and practical advice. The Nature of Diversity is both phylogenetics and the environment, inextricably interwoven, rich in anachronisms and serendipity. This book is a must read for anyone addressing and building biodiversity understanding, an understanding that all of our societies must acquire if we are not all to be condemned to the trash heap." - Daniel H. Janzen, University of Pennsylvania

Preface
Voyage of Discovery
Tools for the Voyage
Species: Exploring the Entities
Historical Biogeography: Exploring Space
Functions: Exploring Options
Evolutionary Radiations: Exploring Time
Community Evolution: Exploring the Space-Time Continuum
Coevolution: Exploring Personal Relationships
Biodiversity: Exploring the Future
References
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226075907
ISBN-10: 0226075907
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 680
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 2