Speciation (Paperback)
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Speciation (Paperback)

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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 30/06/2004
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Over the last two decades, the study of speciation has expanded
from a modest backwater of evolutionary biology into a large and
vigorous discipline. Thus, the literature on speciation, as well as the
number of researchers and students working in this area, has
grown explosively. Despite these developments, there has been no
book-length treatment of speciation in many years. As a result,
both the seasoned scholar and the newcomer to evolutionary
biology had no ready guide to the recent literature on speciation-a
body of work that is enormous, scattered, and increasingly
technical. Although several excellent symposium volumes have
recently appeared, these collections do not provide a unified,
critical, and up-to-date overview of the field. Speciation is designed
to fill this gap.

Aimed at professional biologists, graduate students, and advanced
undergraduates, Speciation covers both plants and animals (the
first book on this subject to do so), and deals with all relevant areas
of research, including biogeography, field work, systematics,
theory, and genetic and molecular studies. It gives special
emphasis to topics that are either controversial or the subject of
active research, including sympatric speciation, reinforcement, the
role of hybridization in speciation, the search for genes causing
reproductive isolation, and mounting evidence for the role of
natural and sexual selection in the origin of species. The authors do
not hesitate to take stands on these and other controversial issues.
This critical and scholarly book will be invaluable to researchers in
evolutionary biology and is also ideal for a graduate-level course
on speciation.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780878930890
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 885 g
Dimensions: 234 x 177 x 20 mm

Coyne and Orr have done the field a great favour by synthesising so much research so comprehensively. I think the book will serve its purpose of teaching upcoming (and existing) generations of evolutionary biologists of what we do and do not know about speciation. It will literally be the point of reference for the next ten years. * Menno Schilthuizen, BioEssays *
Coyne and Orr's thorough and thoughtful review of speciation ranges over the entire field and examines it dispassionately. Theirs is a remarkable work of synthesis, and it belongs on every biologist's bookshelf. On the whole, this book is a wonderful resource and a fine example of what happens when clever scientists take a clear and unbiased look at the evidence. It will, I predict, join the pantheon of really important books about evolution. * Christopher Wills, Journal of Heredity *
I highly recommend this deeply insightful book. The field of speciation research was in need of a sagacious update, and this benchmark work will provide a solid foundation for further scientific inquiry into what has been one of evolution's most engaging and enduring mysteries. * John C. Avise, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine *
Coyne and Orr's Speciation has been eagerly awaited. If its messages are heeded, it will bring much-needed order and rigor to the current burst of activity. Systematic and incisive analysis is what makes the book so powerful. Coyne and Orr have done the field a great service by providing such a clear analysis of the status quo. Hopefully, a wide audience will read the book, apply similarly rigorous arguments and direct their research efforts more profitably as a result. * Roger K. Butlin, Evolution *

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