Introduction: The Logic of Biology

Eric R. Pianka and Laurie J. Vitt

in Lizards

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234017
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939912 | DOI:
Introduction: The Logic of Biology

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Lizards are spectacular products of natural selection and have diversified to fill an amazing variety of ecological niches. Lizards are extremely good “model” organisms for study, and understanding their ecology and diversity can be exceedingly informative. This book introduces the current families of lizards placed in a phylogenetic context: a tree of families showing historical ancestor-descendant genealogical relationships among groups of lizards discussed. It examines how lizards adapt to the challenges of structurally diverse habitats changes in their biotic environment.

Keywords: lizards; natural selection; ecology; diversity; genealogical relationships; habitats

Chapter.  4701 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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