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The Ecology of Adaptive Radiation
Adaptive radiation is the evolution of diversity within a rapidly multiplying lineage. It can cause a single ancestral species to differentiate into an impressively vast array of species inhabiting a variety of environments. Much of life's diversity has arisen during adaptive radiations. Some of the most famous recent examples include the East African cichilid fishes, the ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published December 7th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA
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This book places heavy emphasis on trophic adaptations although over and over Dolph includes the caveat that sexual selection is an alternative explanation for the observed phenotypic modifications that plausibly allow or account for the radiations under discussion. So why doesn't he explore the role of sexual selection in promoting adaptive radiation? I don't know but it does seem that sexual selection has historically received short shrift in the late 20th / early 21st century literature of ...more