Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, Volume 10: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles

Jonathan Losos (Author) Harry W. Greene (Foreword by)


Adaptive radiation, which results when a single ancestral species gives rise to many descendants, each adapted to a different part of the environment, is possibly the single most important source of biological diversity in the living world. One of the best-studied examples involves Caribbean Anolis lizards. With about 400 species, Anolis has played an important role in the development of ecological theory and has become a model system exemplifying the integration of ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral studies to understand evolutionary diversification. This major work, written by one of the best-known investigators of Anolis, reviews and synthesizes an immense literature. Jonathan B. Losos 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.

Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
February 09, 2011
6.5 X 9.7 X 1.4 inches | 0.03 pounds

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About the Author

Jonathan B. Losos is a Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He is a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recent recipient of the esteemed Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal. Losos is recognized for his novel and penetrating evolutionary studies of adaptive radiation in vertebrates, notably his comprehensive study of Anolis lizards in tropical America, as summarized in his recent book, Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles.


"Lucid language and simplicity in writing [create] magic throughout the book."--Very Poorly Written Review"Environment And Ecology" (06/30/2010)
"Very well-written."--Javier A. Rodriguez-Robles"Revista" (07/07/2011)
"A rich compendium of information by an extraordinarily insightful biologist."--Science (AAAS) (01/04/2010)
"This wonderful book will appeal to all ecologists and evolutionary biologists interested in the causes of species diversity."--Trends In Ecology & Evolution (07/06/2010)
"A must read for new researchers in the field."--Evolution: Intl Journal Of Organic Evolution (07/08/2010)
"A labour of love . . . . [An] extremely well-researched and written book."-- (06/10/2011)
"Accessible, interesting, and broad in scope. . . . Indispensable."-- (12/01/2011)
"Succeeds on all fronts."--Bioscience (11/09/2010)
"This apparent labor of love . . . will most likely become an academic favorite that will be well used by many."-- (01/26/2012)
"Represents a rich compendium of information by an extraordinarily insightful biologist with a deep and broad understanding of the diversity of Anolis lizards in the Caribbean."--Science (AAAS) (01/01/2010)
"Extremely well-researched and written book."--Austral Ecology / Emr (06/13/2011)