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Author Losos, Jonathan B.

Title Lizards in an evolutionary tree : ecology and adaptive radiation in anoles / Jonathan B. Losos
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 507 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Series Organisms and environments ; 10
Organisms and environments ; 10
Contents Foreword / by Harry W. Greene -- Prologue : the case for Anolis -- Evolutionary biology as a historical science -- Meet the anoles! -- Five anole faunas, part one : greater Antillean ecomorphs -- Five anole faunas, part two : the other four -- Phylogenetics, evolutionary inference, and anole relationships -- Phylogenetic perspective on the timing and biogeography of anole evolution -- Evolution of ecomorphological diversity -- Cradle to grave : anole life history and population biology -- Social behavior, sexual selection, and sexual dimorphism -- Habitat use -- Ecology and adaptive radiation -- Natural selection and microevolution -- Form, function, and adaptive radiation -- Speciation and geographic differentiation -- The evolution of an adaptive radiation -- The five faunas reconsidered -- Are anoles special, if so, why? -- Afterword
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 t
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 421-494) and index
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Subject Adaptive radiation (Evolution)
Anoles -- Adaptation.
Anoles -- Ecology.
Anoles -- Evolution.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520943732 (electronic bk.)
9780520943735 (electronic bk.)