Ecology and evolution of Darwin's finches

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Princeton University Press, 1986 - Nature - 458 pages
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After his famous visit to the Gal?pagos Islands, Darwin speculated that "one might fancy that, from an original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends." This book is the classic account of how much we have since learned about the evolution of these remarkable birds. Based upon over a decade's research, Grant shows how interspecific competition and natural selection act strongly enough on contemporary populations to produce observable and measurable evolutionary change. In this new edition, Grant outlines new discoveries made in the thirteen years since the book's publication. "Ecology and Evolution of Darwin's Finches" is an extraordinary account of evolution in action.

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Contents

one Introduction
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two Characteristics of the Islands
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three General Characteristics and Distributions of Finches
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Grant is Professor of Biology at Princeton University.

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