The Coevolutionary Process
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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Specialization within Darwins Entangled Bank
From the Entangled Bank to the Evolutionary Synthesis
Specialization and Coevolution since the Evolutionary Synthesis
Phylogeny of Specialization
Evolutionary Genetics of Specialization
Ontogeny of Specialization
Why Parasitism Is Special
Further Limitations on Specialization in Mutualisms
Genetics of Coevolution
The Geographic Mosaic Theory of Coevolution
Asymmetries in Specialization and Coevolution
Pushing the Limits of Coevolution
The Geographic Mosaic in Evolving Interactions
Specialization Coevolution and Conservation
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