The Coevolutionary Process

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 1994 - Nature - 376 pages
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Traditional ecological approaches to species evolution have frequently studied too few species, relatively small areas, and relatively short time spans. In The Coevolutionary Process, John N. Thompson advances a new conceptual approach to the evolution of species interactions—the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution. Thompson demonstrates how an integrated study of life histories, genetics, and the geographic structure of populations yields a broader understanding of coevolution, or the development of reciprocal adaptations and specializations in interdependent species.

Using examples of species interactions from an enormous range of taxa, Thompson examines how and when extreme specialization evolves in interdependent species and how geographic differences in specialization, adaptation, and the outcomes of interactions shape coevolution. Through the geographic mosaic theory, Thompson bridges the gap between the study of specialization and coevolution in local communities and the study of broader patterns seen in comparisons of the phylogenies of interacting species.
  

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Contents

Overview
1
Specialization within Darwins Entangled Bank
7
From the Entangled Bank to the Evolutionary Synthesis
23
Specialization and Coevolution since the Evolutionary Synthesis
36
Phylogeny of Specialization
59
Evolutionary Genetics of Specialization
77
Ontogeny of Specialization
102
Why Parasitism Is Special
121
Further Limitations on Specialization in Mutualisms
186
Genetics of Coevolution
203
The Geographic Mosaic Theory of Coevolution
219
Diversifying Coevolution
239
Asymmetries in Specialization and Coevolution
253
Pushing the Limits of Coevolution
276
The Geographic Mosaic in Evolving Interactions
288
Specialization Coevolution and Conservation
292

Choosing among Multiple Victims
134
Coping with Multiple Enemies The Geography of Defense
153
Extreme Specialization in Mutualists
167
Literature Cited
296
Index
345
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John N. Thompson is the Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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