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The study of speciation has expanded into a large and vigorous discipline. Speciation is designed to provide a unified overview of the field. It covers both plants and animals, deals with all relevant fields of research and gives emphasis to topics that are controversial or being actively researched.
Paperback, 545 pages
Published 2004 by Sinauer Associates
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I really liked this book, and it truly is one of the great works of evolutionary biology to come out in the past decade. A wonderful, in-depth, and interesting summary of the field of speciation research. Coyne and Orr do show their biases (and the book does have a heavy Drosophila melanogaster focus), but that is actually quite refreshing, because they don't often obscure other points of view -- they take a very balanced approach in most chapters. It's a great read for scientists, but not recom...more
Jul 19, 2008 Vanessa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: biologists or dedicated novices
Great treatment of my favorite scientific subject!
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If you're a student of evolutionary biology, you should probably read this book. A great starting point for all questions related to speciation.
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Jerry Coyne is a professor in the department of ecology and evolution at the University of Chicago. His concentration is speciation and ecological and evolutionary genetics, particularly as they involve Drosophila

His work is widely published, not only in scientific journals, but also in such mainstream venues as The New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and The New Republic. Coyne's peer...more
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