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The Origin, Expansion, and Demise of Plant Species

Series: Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution (OSEE)

By: Donald A Levin

230 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Dec 2000 | #108069 | ISBN: 0195127293
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Hardback | May 2000 | #108067 | ISBN: 0195127285
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About this book

Explores plant species as dynamic entities, following the four stages of plant species life that normally occur: birth, expansion, differentiation and loss of cohesion, and decline/extinction. Each chapter focuses on part of the speciation process and examines it closely in the light of exploring the species passage from birth to death.
' .. a good introduction to our current understanding of the origin, establishment, evolution and extinction of plant species ... a synthesis that is interesting and stimulating, and which I strongly recommend to all evolutionary biologists as valuable reading.' Heredity

[A] source of lively discussion and debate among groups interested in plant evolution ... will serve as a stimulus to research over the years ahead. ... I strongly recommend [it] to all evolutionary biologists as valuable reading.--Heredity


Contents

1. The Premise and Species Concepts; 2. Speciation: The Ecological Transition; 3. Speciation: The Genetic Transition; 4. The Geographical Scale of Speciation; 5. The Geographical Expansion of Neospecies; 6. Differentiation and the Breakdown of Species Unity; 7. The Decline and Demise of Species; 8. The Persistence and Sorting of Incipient Species; 9. Species Duration and the Tempo of Diversification

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