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Systemic ManagementSustainable Human Interactions with Ecosystems and the Biosphere$
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Charles W. Fowler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199540969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540969.001.1

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Selective extinction and speciation

Selective extinction and speciation

(p.55) CHAPTER 3 Selective extinction and speciation
Systemic Management

Charles W. Fowler

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores one of the primary contributors to the emergence of macroecological patterns—multilevel natural selection to include selectivity at the species level. It considers the definition of the processes of selective extinction and speciation and provides a brief history of our understanding of them. The main focus of the chapter is a description of natural selection and the way it operates to include species. It shows how opposing forces lead to patterns, exemplified by natural selection at the individual/gene level that can lead to extinction (sometimes called evolutionary suicide)—a situation in which we humans likely find ourselves. A primary point of this chapter is that selectivity influences natural patterns to be included in the processes, dynamics, and factors that they reflect, thus bringing evolutionary enlightenment to management based on such patterns.

Keywords:   selective extinction, selective speciation, macroecological patterns, multilevel natural selection, evolution, evolutionary suicide, evolutionary enlightenment

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