Hybrid Zones and the Evolutionary Process

Hybrid Zones and the Evolutionary Process

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Hybrid zones - geographical areas in which the hybrids of two races are found - have attracted the attention of evolutionary biologists for many years, both because they are windows on the evolutionary process and because the patterns of animals and plant variation seen in hybrid zones do not fit traditional classification schemes of taxonomists. Hybrid zones provide insights into the nature of the species, the way barriers to gene exchange function, the genetic basis of those barriers, the dynamics of the speciation process. Hybrid Zones and the Evolutionary Process synthesizes the extensive research literature and points to new directions in research.show more

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  • Hardback | 374 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 24.4mm | 721.22g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • halftones, numerous line figures, tables
  • 019506917X
  • 9780195069174

Review quote

a comprehensive overview of the interesting fdield of hybridization and its taxonomic, ecological and evolutionary implications ... highly recommended to all with an interest in the various fields of hybridication and introgression and should be in all zoological and botanical libraries * Jitka Stepankova, Folia Geobotanica et Phytotaxonomica, 31/1, 1996 * provides in-depth background introducing important concepts and analytical methodologies used in hybrid zone studies ... Several excellent illustrative case histories are also presented highlighting many of the most extensively studied hybrid zones. Chapters are generally well illustrated and many provide extensive literature reviews ... the concepts, methodologies, and diversity of issues stressed in each of the case histories provide valuable reference material for ecologists and evolutionary biologists regardless of taxonomic affinities or research interests. * Kim T. Scribner, Ecology 75(4), 1994 * 'This compilation provides a timely update on many theoretical issues and includes examples of long-term multidisciplinary studies ... this book deserves a wide audience.' Jack W. Sites, Jr. Brigham Young University, Science, Vol. 264, April 1994show more

Table of contents

PART ONE ; PART TWOshow more