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The Evolutionary Biology of Species

Timothy G. Barraclough

Abstract

‘Species’ are central to understanding the origin and dynamics of biological diversity; explaining why lineages split into multiple distinct species is one of the main goals of evolutionary biology. However, the existence of species is often taken for granted, and precisely what is meant by species and whether they really exist as a pattern of nature has rarely been modelled or critically tested. This novel book presents a synthetic overview of the evolutionary biology of species, describing what species are, how they form, the consequences of species boundaries and diversity for evolution, an ... More

Keywords: Species, speciation, evolution, diversification, adaptation, community, microbes, eukaryotes, theory, models

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749745
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198749745.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy G. Barraclough, author
Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London, UK