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Ecology of Adaptive Radiation

ISBN-10: 0198505221

ISBN-13: 9780198505228

Edition: 2000

Authors: Dolph Schluter

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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 Galpagos 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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Book details

List price: $78.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The origins of ecological diversity
Detecting adaptive radiation
The progress of adaptive radiation
The ecological theory of adaptive radiation
Divergent natural selection between environments
Divergence and species interactions
Ecological opportunity
The ecological basis of speciation
Divergence along genetic lines of least resistance
The ecology of adaptive radiation
References
Index