ISBN : 9780199608713
Origins of Biodiversity is a unique introduction to the fields of macroevolution and macroecology, which explores the evolution and distribution of biodiversity across time, space and lineages. Using an enquiry-led framework to encourage active learning and critical thinking, each chapter is based around a case-study to explore concepts and research methods from contemporary macroevolution and macroecology. The book focuses on the process of science as much as the biology itself, to help students acquire the research skills and intellectual tools they need to understand and investigate the biological world around them. In particular, the emphasis on hypothesis testing encourages students to develop and test their own ideas. This text builds upon the foundations offered in most general introductory evolutionary biology courses to introduce an exciting range of ideas and research tools for investigating patterns of biodiversity.
1 What is macroevolution? What is macroecology?
2 How did evolution get started?
3 Does evolution favour increased size and complexity?
4 What caused the explosion of animal evolution in the Cambrian?
5 Were dinosaurs evolutionary failures?
6 Was the diversification of mammals due to luck?
7 Is sex good for survival?
8 Why are most species small?
9 Why are there so many kinds of beetles?
10 Why are there so many species in the tropics?
11 What is the future of biodiversity?