Evolution and the Diversity of Life: Selected Essays

Evolution and the Diversity of Life Selected Essays The diversity of living forms and the unity of evolutionary processes are the focus of these essays The collection helps form much of the basis of contempoary undertanding of evolutionary biology
  • Title: Evolution and the Diversity of Life: Selected Essays
  • Author: Ernst W. Mayr
  • ISBN: 9780674271050
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Evolution and the Diversity of Life: Selected Essays
    The diversity of living forms and the unity of evolutionary processes are the focus of these essays The collection helps form much of the basis of contempoary undertanding of evolutionary biology.
    Evolution and the Diversity of Life: Selected Essays By Ernst W. Mayr,
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  • Ernst W. Mayr

    Ernst Walter Mayr July 5, 1904 February 3, 2005 was one of the 20th century s leading evolutionary biologists He was also a renowned taxonomist, tropical explorer, ornithologist, and historian of science His work contributed to the conceptual revolution that led to the modern evolutionary synthesis of Mendelian genetics, systematics, and Darwinian evolution, and to the development of the biological species concept.Although Charles Darwin and others posited that multiple species could evolve from a single common ancestor, the mechanism by which this occurred was not understood, creating the species problem Ernst Mayr approached the problem with a new definition for the concept of species In his book Systematics and the Origin of Species 1942 he wrote that a species is not just a group of morphologically similar individuals, but a group that can breed only among themselves, excluding all others When populations within a species become isolated by geography, feeding strategy, mate selection, or other means, they may start to differ from other populations through genetic drift and natural selection, and over time may evolve into new species The most significant and rapid genetic reorganization occurs in extremely small populations that have been isolated as on islands.His theory of peripatric speciation a precise form of allopatric speciation which he advanced , based on his work on birds, is still considered a leading mode of speciation, and was the theoretical underpinning for the theory of punctuated equilibrium, proposed by Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould Mayr is sometimes credited with inventing modern philosophy of biology, particularly the part related to evolutionary biology, which he distinguished from physics due to its introduction of natural history into science.

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  • I like to read Mayr s books as a reference, a kind of guide, to give me a better perspective on some of the books I ve read.


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