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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
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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...

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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.

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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...

 
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