Evolution of Biological Diversity: From Population Differentiation to Speciation

Paperback | October 1, 1999

EditorAnne Magurran, Robert M. May

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The astounding breadth of diversity of life on earth intrigues and amazes many people, while the future of world biodiversity is a cause for widespread concern. Within the current context of global interest in biological diversity, this is a timely review of the most recent research into theevolutionary origins of biological diversity and the processes of speciation, from a stellar cast of contributors. Recent studies have discovered considerable genetic and morphological variation both between and within populations of the same species. Yet the relation between this intraspecificvariation and the processes of speciation remains poorly understood. When, how, and why do new species arise? The chapters in this book explore the question of how variation arises within species; some emphasize the ecological and behavioural basis of differentiation; others argue for the role ofnatural selection in generating speciation. Several chapters focus on the important emerging links between sexual selection, sexual conflict, and population differentiation. The final chapters of the book take a broader perspective on the question, and explore the fossil record for data on theorigination of species diversity - and extinctions - in the past. This book is a must-have for all researchers and graduate students in the biological sciences who want to be abreast of the latest thinking on the evolution of biological diversity.

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The astounding breadth of diversity of life on earth intrigues and amazes many people, while the future of world biodiversity is a cause for widespread concern. Within the current context of global interest in biological diversity, this is a timely review of the most recent research into theevolutionary origins of biological diversity ...

Anne Magurran is Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of St Andrews. Tel. 01334 463506 Fax. 01334 463600 Email: aem1@st-andrews.ac.uk Sir Bob May is Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government, and is based at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Robert May: Introduction1. Coyne and Orr: The evolutionary genetics of speciation2. Tregenza and Butlin: Genetic diversity: Do market genes tell us the whole story?3. Harwood and Amos: Genetic diversity in natural populations4. Skulason, Snorrason, and Jonsson: Sympatric morphs, populations, and speciation in freshwater fish with emphsis on arctic charr5. Price: Sexual selection and natural selection in bird speciation6. Turner: Explosive speciation of African cichlid fishes7. Partridge and Parker: Sexual conflict and speciation8. Magurran: Population differentiation without speciation9. Tautz and Schmid: From genes to individuals - Developmental genes and the generation of the phenotype10. Barraclough, Vogler, and Harvey: Revealing the factors that promote speciation11. Gould: Gulliver's further travels: The necessity and difficulty of a hierarchical theory of selection12. Gaston and Chown: Geographic range size and speciation13. Sepkoski: Rates of speciation in the fossil record14. Conway Morris: The evolution of diversity in ancient ecosystems: A review

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'... an excellent summary... It is this diversity of approaches that makes this book worth reading; in very few texts do we find such a range of up to date reviews of a subject that should be of interested to all ecologists and evolutionary biologists... This refreshing text is highlyrecommended for graduate students and those who wish to keep up to date with the most recent research into the origins of biological diversity from genes to species' Biologist