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Originally published in 1942 and one of the landmark texts of modern biological enquiry, this book argues that the data of systematists, who study entire species, are consistent with the principles of genetics.
Foreword by Theodosius Dobzhansky Preface Introduction, 1999 Introduction by Niles Eldredge I. The Methods and Principles of Systematics II. Taxonomic Characters and Their Variation III. Phenomena of Geographic Variation IV. Some Aspects of Geographic Variation V. The Systematic Categories and the New Species Concept VI. The Polytypic Species, In Nature and in Systematics VII. The Species in Evolution VIII. Nongeographic Speciation IX. The Biology of Speciation X. The Higher Categories and Evolution Literature Index
Ernst Mayr is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Crafoord Prize for Biology, the National Medal of Science, the Balzan Prize, and the Japan Prize.
[This book] should be read by all biologists, professional and amateur. Natural History (review of the first edition) A source book on its subject...of lasting value. New York Times (review of the first edition)