Frogs, Flies, and Dandelions: The Making of Species

Author(s): Menno Schilthuizen


How do new animal and plant species come about? How quickly does it happen? The evolution of new species (speciation), is a central theme in evolution. This work uses academic debate to explore the path of speciation research.

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"Schilthuizen's enthusiasm, clarity and humor ought to grab anyone interested in biology and evolution."--Booklist
"Schilthuizen is that extreme rarity -- a biologist who writes entertainingly and clearly for lay audiences. ... It is rare to get a book on a technical issue that can be read and enjoyed by nonspecialists, but this is one such book. It could be read by high school, college, and graduate students with profit, and the more one knows about the topic, the more thought-provoking it is."--Reports of the National Center for Science Education

Introduction: The making of species. 1: Sorting out life (what are species anyway?). 2: An isolated case? (Geographic speciation). 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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  • : 9780198503934
  • : Oxford University Press, Incorporated
  • : Oxford University Press, Incorporated
  • : 0.48
  • : May 2001
  • : 210mm X 130mm X 19mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

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  • : Menno Schilthuizen
  • : Hardback
  • : very good
  • : 254
  • : halftones and line illustrations, notes, glossary, bibliography, index