Systematics and the Origin of Species, from the Viewpoint of a Zoologist

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Harvard University Press, 1942 - Science - 334 pages
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Ernst Mayr is perhaps the most distinguished biologist of the twentieth century, and "Systematics and the Origin of Species" may be one of his greatest and most influential books. This classic study, first published in 1942, helped to revolutionize evolutionary biology by offering a new approach to taxonomic principles and correlating the ideas and findings of modern systematics with those of other life science disciplines. This book is one of the foundational documents of the "Evolutionary Synthesis." It is the book in which Mayr pioneered his new concept of species based chiefly on such biological factors as interbreeding and reproductive isolation, taking into account ecology, geography, and life history. In his new introduction for this edition, Mayr reflects on the place of this enduring work in the subsequent history of his field.
 

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That's a classic. Mayr provides evidence for species formation from geographical distribution of species. He also define important terms as sibling species and many others. My only negative comment is ... Read full review

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Contents

THE METHODS AND PRINCIPLES OF SYSTEMATICS
3
TAXONOMIC CHARACTERS AND THEIR VARIATION
18
PHENOMENA OF GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION
33
SOME ASPECTS OF GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION
71
THE SYSTEMATIC CATEGORIES AND THE NEW SPECIES
102
THE POLYTYPIC SPECIES IN NATURE AND
123
THE SPECIES IN EVOLUTION
147
NONGEOGRAPHIC SPECIATION
186
THE BIOLOGY OF SPECIATION
216
THE HIGHER CATEGORIES AND EVOLUTION
275
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Ernst Mayr was Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Emeritus, at Harvard University. He was the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Crafoord Prize for Biology, the National Medal of Science, the Balzan Prize, and the Japan Prize.

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