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Darwins hofvijver: Een drama in het Victoriameer

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In 1981 vertrekt bioloog Tijs Goldschmidt naar Tanzania om een uitzonderlijk fenomeen in het Victoriameer te bestuderen: de hoge snelheid waarmee baarsachtige visjes nieuwe soorten vormen, maakt ze onweerstaanbaar en de droom van iedere darwinist. Darwins hofvijver was het eerste boek voor een breed publiek waarin de verstrekkende gevolgen van de introductie van een vreemd ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published 1995 by Prometheus (first published 1994)
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W latach 1981–1986 Tijs Goldschmidt prowadził w Tanzanii badania dotyczące pielęgnic (furu) żyjących w Jeziorze Wiktorii. Jezioro to prawdopodobnie wyschło ok. 12,5 tysiąca lat temu, co oznacza, że wszystkie gatunki furu wyewoluowały w szybkim tempie - szybszym niż u innych kręgowców. To właśnie czyni je tak wyjątkowymi i wzbudza zainteresowanie wielu naukowców.

Książka jest w dużej części opowieścią o życiu i pracy naukowej Goldschmidta w Afryce. Momentami osobiste dygresje autora były jednak dl
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Clara
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's interesting how well this book has aged, despite the enormous advances made in genetic technology and other fields which have made it possible to resolve some of the questions asked in this book on the extremely rapid evolution of cichlids.

Goldschmidt weaves complicated evolutionary questions and concepts into the storytelling of his own research and travel experiences in Tanzania, where he lived between 1981 and 1986 studying the diversity and evolution of haplochromine cichlids. His acco
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Kevin Pedersen
Every so often I think it's good to read a book about evolution, since an understanding of that process is the closest I can come to some sort of declaration of faith.

The story here, like so many ecological ones, is fascinating and ultimately bleak, as it depicts a landscape ravaged by the simple short-sighted economic decisions that people make. Tijs watches firsthand as thousands of years of development are destroyed by a "guy with a bucket" -- the not-hard-to-do introduction of the Nile Perch
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Meteorite_cufflink
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Fascinating scientific journal / personal diary of journalist researching a specific type of fish in Lake Victoria. Would give it four stars if not for the technical digressions re: dna > rna > amino acids. ...more
Mary Longoria
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read!
Albert Faber
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't mistake this with the documentary that is very loosely based on it: the book is a very thoughtful and balanced account on the ecological disaster that follows from local economic developments, while the documentary tries to insert a misplaced morale on that story. I prefer the book
Marc
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evolution
I got a lot out of this book as it tied together my interests in evolution with my interests in african cichlids. The book is centered around the idea of analyzing various proposed theories of species using Lake Victoria as a case study. Probably not everybody, though.
Jacquie
The concepts were interesting but the book was slow and repetitive at times.
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Tijs Goldschmidt is een Nederlandse schrijver en evolutiebioloog.

Goldschmidt studeerde biologie in Amsterdam en Leiden, hij woonde van 1981 tot 1986 in Tanzania, waar hij cichliden in het Victoriameer bestudeerde als onderzoeker van de Rijksuniversiteit Leiden. Hij schreef er een proefschrift over en publiceerde het boek Darwins hofvijver, waarin hij het wetenschappelijke met het persoonlijke verw
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