Biogeography, Time and Place: Distributions, Barriers and by Willem Renema

By Willem Renema

Biogeography considers the distribution of organic devices over quite a lot of scales. The devices variety from genotypes, populations and species to households and better taxa. techniques will be neighborhood, similar to the isolation on islands because of sea-level fluctuations, or large-scale tectonic techniques that separates continents and creates oceans. In all tactics time is a vital issue and via combining information on fresh styles with paleontological information the certainty of the distribution of extant taxa may be more suitable. This quantity makes a speciality of speciation because of isolation in island-like settings, and the evolution of large-scale range because the results of origination, upkeep and extinction.

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Willmer (Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society (Vol. 72, pp. 1 -6 0 [ 1 99 7] ) ) . 22. Molecular convergence i s widely regarded as very restricted simply because o f the astronomically low odds of arranging even a short sequence of nucleotides ( in DNA) or amino acids (in protein s ) in the same order. This, however, is a rather special case of convergence and in other respects the evidence for such con­ vergence is growing, with examples from a wide range that includes mutations, protein structures, nucleic acid binding molecules, transfer RNA, lysozymes, and histone genes.

Anstey ) ( Columbia University Press, 1 9 9 5 ) . N. J. Gould on the original papers on punc­ tuated equilibria, trots out the old formulae, long on theory and rhetoric, but short on actual examples. H. Geary (pp. 6 7-86) is a model of balanced assessment that places the notions of punctuated equilibria firmly in their rightful place. 1 7. J. Gould and others published in Paleobiology (Vol. 3 , pp. 2 3-40 [ 1 977] ) and Systematic Zoology (Vol. 2 3 , p p . 3 05-22 [ 1 9 74] ) . 1 8 . This area cannot b e given j ustice here, b ut individuals influential in this field include Mae-Wan Ho and Brian Goodwin.

11 certainly true that Gould's enthusiastic promulgation of various alternatives to evolutionary orthodoxies has made the guardians of neo-D arwinism look more carefully at their received truths . These alternatives have generated healthy debate. ution remain neglected. Take the case of adaptation, a key element in the D arwinian framework. That it exists is not in dispute, but is it crucial to our wider understanding of evolution? After all, if combinations of characters and traits can 'slip past' the scrutiny of natural selection, then perhaps the architecture will reveal unexpected riches.

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