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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User Review  - amarcobio - LibraryThing

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

Contents

The Methods and Principles or Systematics
3
Taxonomic Characters and Their Variation
18
Phenomena of Geographic Variation
33

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Ernst Mayr (1904 2005) was Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. For his contributions as an evolutionary biologist, taxonomist, ornithologist, as well as historian and philosopher of biology, Mayr was hailed as 'he Darwin of the 20th century'.

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