Examines the role of crosses between genetically divergent individuals as a creative force in organismal evolution. Instead of concentrating on natural hybridization as a tool for defining barriers to gene exchange, this text encourages the examination of these barriers to facilitate genotype predictions.
"This is a fascinating book, challenging a number of preconceptions and adding yet another mechanism for non-gradualist evolutionary processes. . . . it is absorbing and authoritative, with many novel thoughts for anyone interested in evolutionary processes."--The Biologist
"An excellent addition to the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution. . .readers are almost assured of an opportunity to reconsider the latest published evidence in an engaging synthesis of this topic."--Plant Science Bulletin
"Through a discussion of numerous intriguing studies, this book makes multifaceted case for the importance of hybridization. It also highlights the biases, misconceptions, and misinterpretations that might lead to an underestimate of the evolutionary importance of hybridization. . . .A convincing well-crafted testament to the importance of hybridization in evolution. The reader will be enlightened."--Science
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