Systematics And the Origin of Species: On Ernst Mayr's 100th Anniversary

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National Academy of Sciences, Francisco J. Ayala, Walter M. Fitch

Year 2005
Pages 382
Publisher National Academies Press
Language en
ISBN 9780309095365
File Size 28.74 MB
File Format PDF
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In December 2004, the National Academy of Sciences sponsored a colloquium on “Systematics and the Origin of Species†to celebrate Ernst Mayr’s 100th anniversary and to explore current knowledge concerning the origin of species. In 1942, Ernst Mayr, one of the twentieth century’s greatest scientists, published Systematics and the Origin of Species, a seminal book of the modern theory of evolution, where he advanced the significance of population variation in the understanding of evolutionary process and the origin of new species. Mayr formulated the transition from Linnaeus’s static species concept to the dynamic species concept of the modern theory of evolution and emphasized the species as a community of populations, the role of reproductive isolation, and the ecological interactions between species.