Mechanisms of Speciation: A Review

  • William B. Provine


Reviews of mechanisms of speciation abound. Almost every evolution textbook contains one. Two major conferences devoted entirely to the mechanisms of speciation were held in the last decade and the proceedings published [1,2]. The bibliographies in these two volumes indicate that the literature on mechanisms of speciation, both theoretical and applied, is enormous. What is an historian to contribute to this massive effort, in a brief report?


Natural Selection Founder Effect Parent Population Founder Population Random Genetic Drift 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William B. Provine
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  1. 1.Section of Ecology and Sytematics, Division of Biological SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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