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Evolution's Wedge: Competition and the Origins of Diversity

David W. Pfennig and Karin S. Pfennig


Among evolutionary biology's most persistent challenges is the challenge to explain why there are so many different species and why they tend to differ in ecologically relevant traits. This book, written by two evolutionary ecologists, reviews and synthesizes the role of competition in generating and maintaining biodiversity. The authors describe how trait evolution often arises as an adaptive response to resource competition or deleterious reproductive interactions between species. They also discuss how this process—known as “character displacement”—comes about and consider its myriad consequ ... More

Keywords: biodiversity, character displacement, competition, macroevolution, speciation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520274181
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274181.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Pfennig, author

Karin S. Pfennig, author