Biology

Evolution and Escalation: An Ecological History of Life

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$99.95 / £78.00
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Published:
Aug 15, 1993
1987
Pages:
544
Size:
7.75 x 10 in.
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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.