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Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

Jonathan Losos

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255913
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943735 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255913.001.0001
Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

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Adaptive radiation—which results when a single ancestral species gives rise to many descendants, each adapted to a different part of the environment—is possibly the single most important source of biological diversity in the living world. One of the best-studied examples involves Caribbean Anolis lizards. With about 400 species, Anolis has played an important role in the development of ecological theory and has become a model system exemplifying the integration of ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral studies to understand evolutionary diversification. This major work, written by one of the best-known investigators of Anolis, reviews and synthesizes an immense literature. The author illustrates how different scientific approaches to the questions of adaptation and diversification can be integrated, and examines evolutionary and ecological questions of interest to a broad range of biologists.

Keywords: adaptive radiation; biological diversity; Caribbean; Anolis; evolutionary diversification; ecology; evolution; behavioral studies

Book.  528 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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Meet the Anoles! in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

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Five Anole Faunas, Part One in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

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Five Anole Faunas, Part Two in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

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Cradle To Grave in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

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Habitat Use in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

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