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Monographs in Population Biology #0021: Natural Selection in the Wild

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Natural selection is an immense and important subject, yet there have been few attempts to summarize its effects on natural populations, and fewer still which discuss the problems of working with natural selection in the wild. These are the purposes of John Endler's book. In it, he discusses the methods and problems involved in the demonstration and measurement of natural selection, presents the critical evidence for its existence, and places it in an evolutionary perspective.

Professor Endler finds that there are a remarkable number of direct demonstrations of selection in a wide variety of animals and plants. The distribution of observed magnitudes of selection in natural populations is surprisingly broad, and it overlaps extensively the range of values found in artificial selection. He argues that the common assumption that selection is usually weak in natural populations is no longer tenable, but that natural selection is only one component of the process of evolution; natural selection can explain the change of frequencies of variants, but not their origins.

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"Those who denigrate the importance of natural selection in evolution will be forced to take this book seriously, and those who work on the process will find this the necessary reference text."--Paul Harvey, Oxford University

Synopsis:

Natural selection is an immense and important subject, yet there have been few attempts to summarize its effects on natural populations, and fewer still which discuss the problems of working with natural selection in the wild. These are the purposes of John Endler's book. In it, he discusses the methods and problems involved in the demonstration and measurement of natural selection, presents the critical evidence for its existence, and places it in an evolutionary perspective.

Professor Endler finds that there are a remarkable number of direct demonstrations of selection in a wide variety of animals and plants. The distribution of observed magnitudes of selection in natural populations is surprisingly broad, and it overlaps extensively the range of values found in artificial selection. He argues that the common assumption that selection is usually weak in natural populations is no longer tenable, but that natural selection is only one component of the process of evolution; natural selection can explain the change of frequencies of variants, but not their origins.

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ISBN:
9780691083872
Author:
Endler, John A.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Endler, J. A.
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
Biol
Subject:
ogical Sciences
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Monographs in Population Biology Paperback
Series Volume:
0021
Publication Date:
January 1986
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
8.06x6.06x.86 in. 1.02 lbs.

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Product details 354 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691083872 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Those who denigrate the importance of natural selection in evolution will be forced to take this book seriously, and those who work on the process will find this the necessary reference text."--Paul Harvey, Oxford University
"Synopsis" by , Natural selection is an immense and important subject, yet there have been few attempts to summarize its effects on natural populations, and fewer still which discuss the problems of working with natural selection in the wild. These are the purposes of John Endler's book. In it, he discusses the methods and problems involved in the demonstration and measurement of natural selection, presents the critical evidence for its existence, and places it in an evolutionary perspective.

Professor Endler finds that there are a remarkable number of direct demonstrations of selection in a wide variety of animals and plants. The distribution of observed magnitudes of selection in natural populations is surprisingly broad, and it overlaps extensively the range of values found in artificial selection. He argues that the common assumption that selection is usually weak in natural populations is no longer tenable, but that natural selection is only one component of the process of evolution; natural selection can explain the change of frequencies of variants, but not their origins.

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