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Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles
TLDR
This major work, written by one of the best-known investigators of Anolis, reviews and synthesizes an immense literature and illustrates how different scientific approaches to the questions of adaptation and diversification can be integrated and examines evolutionary and ecological questions of interest to a broad range of biologists.
Phylogenetic niche conservatism, phylogenetic signal and the relationship between phylogenetic relatedness and ecological similarity among species.
  • J. Losos
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Ecology letters
  • 1 October 2008
TLDR
A review of case studies indicates that ecological and phylogenetic similarities often are not related, and ecologists should not assume that phylogenetic niche conservatism exists, but rather should empirically examine the extent to which it occurs.
Genetic variation increases during biological invasion by a Cuban lizard
TLDR
It is shown that one key to invasion success may be the occurrence of multiple introductions that transform among- population variation in native ranges to within-population variation in introduced areas.
Tempo and Mode of Evolutionary Radiation in Iguanian Lizards
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A comparative analytical framework for examining phylogenetic patterns of diversification and morphological disparity with data from four iguanian-lizard taxa that exhibit substantially different patterns of evolution is presented.
EARLY BURSTS OF BODY SIZE AND SHAPE EVOLUTION ARE RARE IN COMPARATIVE DATA
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It is suggested that the classical model of adaptive radiation, where morphological evolution is initially rapid and slows through time, may be rare in comparative data.
Ecomorphology, Performance Capability, and Scaling of West Indian Anolis Lizards: An Evolutionary Analysis
  • J. Losos
  • Environmental Science
  • 1 February 1990
TLDR
The ecomorphological hypotheses that morphology, performance capability, ecology and behavior have evolved synchronously have been confirmed using the Anolis lizards of Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Adaptive Radiation: Contrasting Theory with Data
TLDR
Using modeling approaches, 10 general patterns concerning the temporal, spatial, and genetic/morphological properties of adaptive radiation are identified.
CONVERGENCE, ADAPTATION, AND CONSTRAINT
  • J. Losos
  • Biology
    Evolution; international journal of organic…
  • 1 July 2011
TLDR
Despite criticism from some systematically minded biologists, it is reaffirm that convergence in taxa occupying similar selective environments often is the result of natural selection, but convergent evolution of a trait in a particular environment can occur for reasons other than selection on that trait in that environment.
Adaptive Radiation, Ecological Opportunity, and Evolutionary Determinism
  • J. Losos
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    The American Naturalist
  • 1 June 2010
TLDR
The synthesis of ecological, phylogenetic, experimental, and genomic advances promises to make the coming years a golden age for the study of adaptive radiation; natural history data will always be crucial to understanding the forces shaping adaptation and evolutionary diversification.
THE EVOLUTION OF FORM AND FUNCTION: MORPHOLOGY AND LOCOMOTOR PERFORMANCE IN WEST INDIAN ANOLIS LIZARDS
  • J. Losos
  • Biology
    Evolution; international journal of organic…
  • 1 August 1990
I tested biomechanical predictions that morphological proportions (snout–vent length, forelimb length, hindlimb length, tail length, and mass) and maximal sprinting and jumping ability have evolved
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