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Ecology and evolution of Darwin's finches

Author: Peter R Grant
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1999]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After his famous visit to the Galápagos Islands, Darwin speculated that "one might fancy that, from an original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends." This book is the classic account of how much we have since learned about the evolution of these remarkable birds. Based upon over a decade's research, Grant shows how interspecific competition and natural  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter R Grant
ISBN: 0691048657 9780691048659 0691048665 9780691048666
OCLC Number: 41347118
Description: xx, 492 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Characteristics of the islands --
General characteristics and distribution of finches --
Patterns of morphological variation --
Growth and development --
Beak sizes, beak shapes, and diets --
The importance of food to finch populations --
Population variation and natural selection --
Species-recognition and mate choice --
Evolution and speciation --
Ecological interactions during speciation --
Competition and finch communities --
The evolution of reproductive isolation --
Adaptation : body size, plumage coloration, and other traits --
Reconstruction of phylogeny --
Recapitulation and generalization. Latin America Cruise.
Responsibility: Peter R. Grant ; with a new foreword by Jonathan Weiner ; with a new preface and afterword.
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This text looks at how much has been learnt about the Darwin's Finch since Darwin's initial observations. It shows how interspecific competition and natural selection act strongly, within  Read more...

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"Peter Grant - Winner of the 2017 Royal Medal in Biology, The Royal Society" "There is poetic justice in science: this classic modern study of natural selection in operation, by Peter Grant, has been Read more...

 
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