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Laboratory Experiments on Speciation

James D. Fry

in Experimental Evolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520247666
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247666.003.0020
Laboratory Experiments on Speciation

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This chapter reviews the literature on speciation experiments, identifies neglected questions that could be addressed by new experiments, and suggests general guidelines for such experiments, focusing exclusively on sexually reproducing eukaryotes—that is, those with meiosis and syngamy at some stage of the life cycle. It first defines key concepts used in the speciation literature and gives an overview of the questions that have been, or could be, addressed by experimental evolution approaches. The chapter then suggests questions that have been mostly neglected in past experiments, but which are ripe for further investigation, and finally gives some general guidelines for future laboratory experiments on speciation.

Keywords: speciation experiments; eukaryotes; meiosis; syngamy; speciation

Chapter.  11423 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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