Natural Hybridization and Evolution

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Oxford University Press, Jan 30, 1997 - Science - 232 pages
This study draws on data from numerous sources that support the paradigm of natural hybridization as an important evolutionary process. The review of these data results in a challenge to the framework used by many evolutionary biologists, which sees the process of natural hybridization as maladaptive because it represents a violation of divergent evolution. In contrast, this book presents evidence of a significant role for natural hybridization in furthering adaptive evolution and evolutionary diversification in both plants and animals.
 

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Contents

Definitions and History
3
2 Natural Hybridization and Species Concepts
11
Frequency
23
4 Reproductive Parameters and Natural Hybridization
64
Concepts and Theory
113
Outcomes
155
Emerging Patterns
182
References
187
Index
213
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