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Evolution and Escalation:
An Ecological History of Life
Geerat J. Vermeij

Paperback | 1993 | $87.50 / £61.00 | ISBN: 9780691000800
544 pp. | 6 x 9
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Here is one biologist's interpretation of the chronology of life during the last six hundred million years of earth history: an extended essay that draws on the author's own data and a wide-ranging literature survey to discuss the nature and dynamics of evolutionary change in organisms and their biological surroundings. Geerat Vermeij demonstrates that escalation--the process by which species adapt to, or are limited by, their enemies as the latter increase in ability to acquire and retain resources--has been a dominant theme in the history of life despite frequent episodes of extinction.

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"With the impressive scope and rich synthesis of this work, the author has assumed the mantle of a provocative pundit of paleobiology."--Science

"With the impressive scope and rich synthesis of this work, the author has assumed the mantle of a provocative pundit of paleobiology."--Alan J. Kohn, Science

"An extraordinarily useful book to students of evolutionary paleobiology."--Carlton Brett, Geology

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