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Evolution's WedgeCompetition and the Origins of Diversity$
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David W. Pfennig and Karin S. Pfennig

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520274181

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520274181.001.0001

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Major Themes and Unsolved Problems

Major Themes and Unsolved Problems

(p.232) (p.233) 10 Major Themes and Unsolved Problems
Evolution's Wedge

David W. Pfennig

Karin S. Pfennig

University of California Press

Character displacement is well supported theoretically and empirically, and it plays a key, and often decisive, role in generating and maintaining biodiversity. Yet a number of important issues regarding the causes and consequences of character displacement remain unresolved. Additional research into character displacement promises to have far-reaching ramifications. Indeed, because character displacement is central in the origins, abundance, and distribution of biodiversity, understanding character displacement's causes and consequences can shed light onto some of the most fundamental issues in evolutionary biology and ecology, including how new species arise, diversify, and coexist.

Keywords:   causes of character displacement, consequences of character displacement, future directions, major themes, unresolved questions

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