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Though small and occasionally annoying, flies (Dipteria) have had an important role in deepening scientists' understanding of modern biology and evolution. The study of flies has figured prominently in major advances in the fields of molecular evolution, physiology, genetics, phylogenetics, and ecology over the last century. This volume, with contributions from top scientists and scholars in the field, brings together diverse aspects of research and will be essential reading for entomologists and fly researchers.
David Yeates is Schlinger Fellow in Insect Systematics and a principal research scientist in the Australian National Insect Collection in the Division of Entomology, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. He has published over eighty papers on the systematics and biology of flies and other insects.
Brian Wiegmann is associate professor in the Entomology Department at North Carolina State University. His research is focused on fly phylogeny and the molecular evolution of fly genes.
"By so smoothly covering every aspect of the evolutionary biology of flies, this book certainly lives up to its title."
– Donald A. Windsor, Science Books & Films 12/1/05
"Authoritative, well written [...] Dipterists will profit from having this diverse material in one volume."
– Bruce Heming, BioScience 4/1/2006
"This book provides synthesis and update of the current knowledge base in these areas."
- The Quarterly Review of Biology, March-May