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Phylogeny, Ecology, and Behavior: A Research Program in Comparative Biology [Paperback]

Item : Phylogeny, Ecology, and Behavior: A Research Program in Comparative Biology [Paperback]
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Author Author : Brooks, Daniel R., McLennan, Deborah A.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0226075729
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780226075723
Publisher Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Pages Pages : 441
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100011897

The merits of this work are many. A rigorous integration of phylogenetic hypotheses into studies of adaptation, adaptive radiation, and coevolution is absolutely necessary and can change dramatically our collective 'gestalt' about much in evolutionary biology. The authors advance and illustrate this thesis beautifully. The writing is often lucid, the examples are plentiful and diverse, and the juxtaposition of examples from different biological systems argues forcefully for the validity of the thesis. Many new insights are offered here, and the work is usually accessible to both the practiced phylogeneticist and the naive ecologist. —Joseph Travis, Florida State University

[Phylogeny, Ecology, and Behavior] presents its arguments forcefully and cogently, with ample . . .support. Brooks and McLennan conclude as they began, with the comment that evolution is a result, not a process, and that it is the result of an interaction of a variety of processes, environmental and historical. Evolutionary explanations must consider all these components, else they are incomplete. As Darwin's explanations of descent with modification integrated genealogical and ecological information, so must workers now incorporate historical and nonhistorical, and biological and nonbiological, processes in their evolutionary perspective. —Marvalee H. Wake,Bioscience

This book is well-written and thought-provoking, and should be read by those of us who do not routinely turn to phylogenetic analysis when investigating adaptation, evolutionary ecology and co-evolution. —Mark R. MacNair,Journal of Natural History



Part One: The Basic Issues

1 Setting the Stage
     The Eclipse of History in Ethology
     The Eclipse of History in Ecology
     A Revolution in Systematics
     The ReemergenclC"

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