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Over the last two decades, the study of speciation has expanded from a modest backwater of evolutionary biology into a large and vigorous discipline. Thus, the literature on speciation, as well as the number of researchers and students working in this area, has grown explosively. Despite these developments, there has been no book-length treatment of speciation in many year ...more
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Published 2004 by Sinauer Associates Is an Imprint of Oxford University Press
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May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
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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
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