Demons in Eden

Demons in Eden

The Paradox of Plant Diversity

Book - 2005
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and teeming freshwaters of Florida, the tropical rainforests of southeast Mexico, and the Canary Islands archipelago, whose evolutionary novelties - and exotic plant life - have earned it the sobriquet "the Galapagos of botany." Along the way, Silvertown looks closely at the evolution of plant diversity in these locales and explains why such variety persists in light of ecological patterns and evolutionary processes."--BOOK JACKET.
many different life forms? What keeps this Darwinian demon in check? If humankind is now the greatest threat to biodiversity on the planet, have we become the Darwinian demon?" "Demons in Eden considers these questions using the latest scientific discoveries from the plant world. Readers join Silvertown as he explores the astonishing diversity of plant life in regions as spectacular as the verdant climes of Japan, the lush grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the shallow wetlands
"At the heart of evolution lies a bewildering paradox. Natural selection favors above all the individual that leaves the most offspring - a super-organism of sorts that Jonathan Silvertown here calls the "Darwinian demon." But if such a demon existed, this highly successful organism would populate the entire world with its own kind, beating out other species and eventually extinguishing all biodiversity as we know it. So why then, if evolution favors this demon, is the world filled with so
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005
ISBN: 0226757714 (cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 581.7 SIL
Characteristics: x, 169 p., 8 p. of plates : col. ill. ; 23 cm

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