Frogs Flies and Dandelions: The making of species

Paperback | June 16, 2002

byMenno Schilthuizen

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How do new animal and plant species come about? How quickly does it happen? And what are species anyway? Schilthuizen, reputed scientist and journalist, launches into the debate that has baffled biologists ever since Darwin, with tremendous energy and wit. The whole subject leaps to life andits significance for understanding biodiversity comes clear. This is a fascinating read that will appeal equally to the lay reader and to students getting to grips with the fundementals of a complex subject.

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How do new animal and plant species come about? How quickly does it happen? And what are species anyway? Schilthuizen, reputed scientist and journalist, launches into the debate that has baffled biologists ever since Darwin, with tremendous energy and wit. The whole subject leaps to life andits significance for understanding biodiversi...

Dr Menno Schilthuizen, Associate Professor, Tropical Biology and Conservation Unit, University Malaysia Sabah, Koto Kinabulu, Malaysias Email: schilthuizen@excite.com

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:254 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.53 inPublished:June 16, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019850392X

ISBN - 13:9780198503927

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Table of Contents

Introduction. The making of species1. Sorting out life (what are species anyway?)2. An isolated case? (Geographic specification)3. Tight spots (The magic of small populations)4. Seductive theories (the power of sex)5. Wham, bam, brand new species (on the instant origin of species)6. A chronic case of Rhagoletis (the birth of an evolutionary heresy)7. A freak show? Apple maggots are not alone)8. Ecotone - Speciation prone? (kinks in the environment spawn species)9. Victoria's blue genes (sex in sympatry)10. Mystery? What mystery?Coda. Acknowledgements; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

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`Review from hardback edition[Schilthuizen] provides lucid verbal explanations of theoretical approaches and presents the fascinating details from numerous empirical studies. Although written for the non-specialist, his comprehensive and up-to-date account also offers researchers working on speciation an idea of forthcomingdevelopments in their field.'Science, October 2001