What are species? What are the factors involved in their evolution? Dr Max King presents an up-to-date synthesis of theoretical, experimental and descriptive perspectives on speciation in higher organisms. The book provides a fresh insight into the processes involved in speciation utilizing the multi-dimensional databases now available. The author clearly and concisely analyses the most recent research in plant and animal populations, concentrating on the evolutionary processes, the role of chromosomes and the genetic mechanisms involved in speciation. This book will be essential reading for research workers in genetics, evolutionary studies, botany and zoology, as well as being of interest to advanced students entering the field.
1. Introduction; 2. The species - what's in a name?; 3. Speciation in allopatric populations; 4. The founder effect; 5. Chromosomal isolating mechanisms; 6. The fixation of rearrangements; 7. Fertility, viability and hybridity; 8. Genic change and chromosomal speciation; 9. Chromosomal speciation; 10. Molecular mechanisms and speciation; 11. Conclusions and perspectives; References; Index.