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Island Biogeography — Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
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This book is well laid-out and comprehensive in its coverage of issues in insular biogeography, and the way that the author discussed and compared evolutionary versus ecological phenomena is particularly liked.
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.
Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere
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Evidence that the global ecosystem as a whole is approaching a planetary-scale critical transition as a result of human influence is reviewed, highlighting the need to improve biological forecasting by detecting early warning signs of critical transitions.
Community Assembly Through Adaptive Radiation in Hawaiian Spiders
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Analysis of an adaptive radiation of habitat-associated, polychromatic spiders shows that species assembly is not random, and within any community, similar sets of ecomorphs arise through both dispersal and evolution, which suggest universal principles underlie community assembly.
Arthropods on islands: colonization, speciation, and conservation.
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The literature on islands in the broadest sense is examined, whether surrounded by water or any other uninhabitable matrix) as it pertains to terrestrial arthropods, and the primary distinction between different island systems is "darwinian" islands (formed de novo) and "fragment" islands.
Chelex without boiling, a rapid and easy technique to obtain stable amplifiable DNA from small amounts of ethanol‐stored spiders
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A one‐step Chelex double‐stranded DNA extraction protocol that is quick, cheap, easy and works with a small quantity of ethanol‐stored tissue that is suitable for long‐term conservation and discusses the advantages and limitations of this DNA extraction technique when working with arthropods.
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