Evolution in Action

Case studies in Adaptive Radiation, Speciation and the Origin of Biodiversity

  • Matthias Glaubrecht

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Approaches in Botany

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harald Schneider, Thomas Janssen, Nadia Byrstiakova, Jochen Heinrichs, Sabine Hennequin, France Rakotondrainibe
      Pages 3-15
    3. Frank R. Blattner, Thekla Pleines, Sabine S. Jakob
      Pages 17-33
    4. Harald Schneider, Hans-Peter Kreier, Thomas Janssen, Elisabeth Otto, Haiko Muth, Jochen Heinrichs
      Pages 61-75
    5. Melanie Paetsch, Sara Mayland-Quellhorst, Herbert Hurka, Barbara Neuffer
      Pages 77-100
    6. Manfred Ayasse, Julia Gögler, Johannes Stökl
      Pages 101-118
    7. Benjamin Kilian, William Martin, Francesco Salamini
      Pages 137-166
  3. Host-Plant Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Kurt Weising, Daniela Guicking, Christina Fey-Wagner, Tim Kröger-Kilian, Tina Wöhrmann, Wiebke Dorstewitz et al.
      Pages 169-191
    3. Annette Kohnen, Roland Brandl, Roman Fricke, Friederike Gallenmüller, Katrin Klinge, Ines Köhnen et al.
      Pages 215-238
    4. Jes Johannesen, Thorsten Diegisser, Alfred Seitz
      Pages 239-260
  4. Approaches in Zoology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Heike Wägele, Michael J. Raupach, Ingo Burghardt, Yvonne Grzymbowski, Katharina Händeler
      Pages 263-282
    3. Christoph D. Schubart, Tobias Weil, Jesper T. Stenderup, Keith A. Crandall, Tobias Santl
      Pages 323-349

About this book


We have come a long way towards better understanding how new species originate, i.e. speciation, which long remained Darwin’s “mystery of mysteries.” Since speciation is the underlying mechanism for radiations, it is the ultimate causation for the biological diversity of life that surrounds us. Without a doubt, Charles Darwin’s contribution to our understanding of the origin of biodiversity cannot be overestimated. This book is a contribution to both the Darwin Year we celebrated in 2009 and to the Year of Biodiversity and Conservation 2010. The studies and model cases presented show the progress and dynamics of research based on Darwinian theories and sheds light on its implications in the context of current biodiversity crises. The great importance of adaptive (and non-adaptive) radiations for biodiversity is widely accepted, but our understanding of the processes and mechanisms involved is still limited and generalizations need to be based on the accumulation of more evidence from additional case studies. The studies presented in this volume are those urgently needed and focus on a variety of organisms and different aspects of radiations. The scientific results presented therein are excellent examples not only of evolution in action, but also of active research on evolutionary processes and their most apparent outcome – biodiversity.


Charles Darwin Darwin Hotspot adaptive Radiation biodiversity biological ecological speciation evolution key innovations non-adaptive radiation radiations speciations the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthias Glaubrecht
    • 1
  1. 1.Museum für NaturkundeHumboldt Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-12425-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-12424-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-12425-9
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