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Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree : Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles / Jonathan Losos.

Author/Creator:
Losos, Jonathan, author., Author,
Publication:
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, [2009]
Series:
Organisms and Environments ; 10
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (528 pages)
Subjects:
Adaptive radiation (Evolution).
Anoles -- Adaptation.
Anoles -- Ecology.
Anoles -- Evolution.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Adaptive radiation, which results when a single ancestral species gives rise to many descendants, each adapted to a different part of the environment, is possibly the single most important source of biological diversity in the living world. One of the best-studied examples involves Caribbean Anolis lizards. With about 400 species, Anolis has played an important role in the development of ecological theory and has become a model system exemplifying the integration of ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral studies to understand evolutionary diversification. This major work, written by one of the best-known investigators of Anolis, reviews and synthesizes an immense literature. Jonathan B. Losos illustrates how different scientific approaches to the questions of adaptation and diversification can be integrated and examines evolutionary and ecological questions of interest to a broad range of biologists.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Case For Anolis
1. Evolutionary Biology As A Historical Science
2. Meet The Anoles!
3. Five Anole Faunas, Part One: Greater Antillean Ecomorphs
4. Five Anole Faunas, Part Two: The Other Four
5. Phylogenetics, Evolutionary Inference, And Anole Relationships
6. Phylogenetic Perspective On The Timing And Biogeography Of Anole Evolution
7. Evolution Of Ecomorphological Diversity
8. Cradle To Grave: Anole Life History And Population Biology
9. Social Behavior, Sexual Selection, And Sexual Dimorphism
10. Habitat Use
11. Ecology And Adaptive Radiation
12. Natural Selection And Microevolution
13. Form, Function, And Adaptive Radiation
14. Speciation And Geographic Differentiation
15. The Evolution Of An Adaptive Radiation
16. The Five Faunas Reconsidered
17. Are Anoles Special, And If So, Why?
Afterword
References
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780520943735
OCLC:
536166637
Publisher Number:
10.1525/9780520943735 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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