padFrogs, Flies, and Dandelions  The Making of Species

by Menno Schilthuizen.

The idea of species is at the core of ecology, heredity, modern genetics, and other aspects of biology. However, one of the most enduring challenges to biologists is answering the fundamental question of what makes a species. Schilthuizen tackles this issue by exploring current ideas about how species split, how long it takes for a species to form, and how sexual selection works. Charles Darwin figures prominently in this context, and Schilthuizen thoroughly discusses what Darwin did and didn't know about speciation. Darwin's discerning ideas still influence today's raging debates about evolution and speciation.

OUP, 2001, 245 p., b&w; illus., hardcover

Frogs, Flies, and Dandelions

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