The particular topics discussed in the essays include (to list a few of the more prominent) founder effects, genetic revolutions (a la Mayr), phylogenetic analysis, karyotype evolution, gene regulation, sexual selection, punctuated equilibrium and ethological effects. The subject material of the essays comes from a wide range of different species and areas, but there is the usual concentration on Drosophila (other essays look at various plant species, Homo sapiens and naked mole rats), and many of the essays are based on work done in the Hawaiian islands. Such a broad collection of essays will be of interest to a wide range of biologists, and Genetics, Speciation and the Founder Principle wouldn't make a bad introduction to the genetics of speciation for the non-specialist with some background in genetics.
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