Ecology and evolution of Darwin's finches

  title={Ecology and evolution of Darwin's finches},
  author={Peter R. Grant},
After his famous visit to the Galapagos Islands, Darwin speculated that "one might fancy that, from an original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends." This book is the classic account of how much we have since learned about the evolution of these remarkable birds. Based upon over a decade's research, Grant shows how interspecific competition and natural selection act strongly enough on contemporary populations to produce observable and… Expand
Darwin’s Finches, the Galapagos, and Natural Laboratories of Evolution
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Darwin’s finches
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"Evolution of Darwin's Finches"
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Evolution in Darwin's finches: a review of a study on Isla Daphne Major in the Galápagos archipelago.
This paper reviews research pertaining to the problem of speciation of the finches on the Galápagos archipelago and considers the nature of the reproductive barrier to gene flow between closely related species. Expand
Evolution of Darwin’s finches caused by a rare climatic event
  • B. R. Grant, P. Grant
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 1993
It is shown that Darwin’s finches on a Galapagos island underwent two evolutionary changes after a severe El Nino event caused changes in their food supply, implying that if global warming increases the frequency or severity ofEl Nino events on the Galapago, microevolutionary changes in animal and plant populations are to be anticipated. Expand
A New Perspective on The Evolutionary History of Darwin's Finches
Although the species show considerable morphological diversity, many in fact are notoriously difficult to identify in the field (especially females and immatures). Expand
Evolution of Darwin’s finches and their beaks revealed by genome sequencing
The whole-genome re-sequencing of 120 individuals representing all of the Darwin’s finch species and two close relatives finds extensive evidence for interspecific gene flow throughout the radiation. Expand
Beaks, Adaptation, and Vocal Evolution in Darwin's Finches
It is suggested that the functional link between beaks and song may have contributed to the process of speciation and adaptive radiation in these birds. Expand
Adaptive radiation of Darwin's finches: Recent data help explain how this famous group of Galápagos birds evolved, although gaps in our understanding remain
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