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Frogs, Flies, and Dandelions The Making of Species

By: Menno Schilthuizen
245 pages, Illus
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  • Frogs, Flies, and Dandelions ISBN: 9780198503927 Paperback May 2002 Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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How does one species split into another? How long does it take for a new species to be born? And what is a species anyway? Such is the importance of the problem that Charles Darwin himself dubbed it `The Mystery of Mysteries'. These questions, the focus of intense debate in biology and critical for any assessment of biodiversity, are tackled here.
`An engaging and informative introduction to the science of speciation....not only surprisingly fun to read but sufficiently provocative to get me thinking hard.' Nature, June 2001
' excellent read for biologists without a strong background in genetics.' Biologist


Introduction The making of species; 1. Sorting out life (what are species anyway?); 2. An isolated case? (Geographic specification); 3. Tight spots (The magic of small populations); 4. Seductive theories (the power of sex); 5. Wham, bam, brand new species (on the instant origin of species); 6. A chronic case of Rhagoletis (the birth of an evolutionary heresy); 7. A freak show? Apple maggots are not alone); 8. Ecotone - Speciation prone? (kinks in the environment spawn species); 9. Victoria's blue genes (sex in sympatry); 10. Mystery? What mystery?; Coda Acknowledgements; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index

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By: Menno Schilthuizen
245 pages, Illus
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