skip to content
Evolution and the diversity of life : selected essays Preview this item
ClosePreview this item

Evolution and the diversity of life : selected essays

Author: Ernst Mayr
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. [u.a.] : Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 4. print., 1. Harvard Univ. Press pbk. edView all editions and formats

The diversity of living forms and the unity of evolutionary processes are themes that have permeated the research and writing of Ernst Mayr, a Grand Master of evolutionary biology. The essays  Read more...


(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...


Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernst Mayr
ISBN: 0674271041 9780674271043 067427105X 9780674271050
OCLC Number: 247687824
Description: IX, 721 S
Contents: Part 1 Evolution: introduction - Darwin vindicated; basic concepts of evolutionary biology; the evolution of living systems; typological versus population thinking; accident or design - the paradox of evolution; selection and directional evolution; population size and evolutionary parameters; from molecules to organic diversity; sexual selection and natural selection; the emergence of evolutionary novelties. Part 2 Speciation: introduction; Darwin and isolation; darwin, Wallace, and the origin of isolation mechanisms; Karl Jordan on specification; sympatric speciation; bird speciation in the tropics; change of environment and speciation; geographical character gradients and climatic adaptation. Part 3 History of biology: introduction; Lamarck revisited; Agassiz, Darwin, and evolution; the nature of the Darwinian revolution; Karl Jordan on the theory of systematics and evolution; where are we? the recent historiography of genetics. Part 4 Philosophy of biology: introduction; cause and effect in biology; explanatory models in biology; theory formation in developmental biology; teleological and teleonomic - a new analysis. Part 5 Theory of systematics: introduction; the challenge of diversity; the role of systematics in biology; theory of biological classification; cladistic analysis and cladistic classification. Part 6 The species: introduction; toward a modern species definition; Karl Jordan and the biological species concept; species concepts and definitions; sibling or cryptic species among animals; the biological meaning of species. Part 7 Man: introduction; taxonomic categories in fossil hominids. Part 8 Biogeography: introduction; what is a fauna? history of the North American bird fauna; inferences concerning the tertiary North American bird faunas; the origin and history of the Polynesian bird fauna; land bridges and dispersal facilities; Wallace's line in the light of recent zoogeographic studies; fragments of a Papuan ornithogeopgraphy; the ornithogeography of the Hawaiian Islands; the nature of colonization of birds. Part 9 Behaviour: introduction; behaviour and systematics; behaviour programs and evolutionary strategies.
Other Titles: Sammlung
Responsibility: Ernst Mayr.


Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

The range of topics covered in these essays is awesome when one realizes that they are the product of a single mind. -- Francisco J. Ayala "Sciences" Mayr has shown himself to be a true follower of Read more...

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...


Be the first.

Similar Items

Related Subjects:(1)

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data

Primary Entity

<> # Evolution and the diversity of life : selected essays
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
    library:oclcnum "247687824" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <> ;
    library:placeOfPublication <> ; # Cambridge, Mass. u.a.
    schema:about <> ; # Evolution
    schema:alternateName "Sammlung" ;
    schema:bookEdition "4. print., 1. Harvard Univ. Press pbk. ed." ;
    schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
    schema:creator <> ; # Ernst Mayr
    schema:datePublished "1997" ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <> ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:name "Evolution and the diversity of life : selected essays" ;
    schema:productID "247687824" ;
    schema:publication <> ;
    schema:publisher <> ; # Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press
    schema:workExample <> ;
    schema:workExample <> ;
    wdrs:describedby <> ;

Related Entities

<> # Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press
    a bgn:Agent ;
    schema:name "Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press" ;

<> # Ernst Mayr
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:familyName "Mayr" ;
    schema:givenName "Ernst" ;
    schema:name "Ernst Mayr" ;

<> # Cambridge, Mass. u.a.
    a schema:Place ;
    schema:name "Cambridge, Mass. u.a." ;

    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "0674271041" ;
    schema:isbn "9780674271043" ;

    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "067427105X" ;
    schema:isbn "9780674271050" ;

Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.