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Extreme Environmental Change and Evolution

By: Ary A Hoffmann and Peter A Parsons

259 pages, 71 illus, 16 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 1997 | #67094 | ISBN: 0521446597
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Hardback | Jul 1997 | #67095 | ISBN: 0521441072
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About this book

It is widely accepted that evolution takes place gradually in large populations. However, stressful conditions can lead to rapid evolutionary change by causing intense natural selection. In a broad overview of this topic, the authors argue that periods of stress must be taken into account when planning long term conservation strategies, as these are becoming increasingly prevalent due to human activities.

'In Extreme Environmental Change and Evolution Ary Hoffman and Peter Parsons explore in detail how environmental extremes can expose natural populations to the hard glare of natural selection. For an academic text, a remarkably stress-free read.' New Scientist '! provides a useful overview of the subject for teaching purposes and for those with a general interest in the subject.' Environmental Assessment '! useful as a source of examples of instances where the environment had an effect on the distribution and evolution of a species.' Jacob C. Koella, Trends in Ecology and Evolution


Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Variation under extreme environments; 3. Natural selection in extreme environments; 4. Limits to adaptation; 5. Evolutionary outcomes: comparative and optimality approaches; 6. Extinction, diversification and evolutionary rates; 7. Conservation and future environmental change; References; Index.

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