Coevolution of Life on Hosts: Integrating Ecology and by Dale H. Clayton,Sarah E. Bush,Kevin P. Johnson

By Dale H. Clayton,Sarah E. Bush,Kevin P. Johnson

For such a lot, the mere point out of lice forces an instantaneous hand to the top and recollection of formative years reviews with nits, medicated shampoos, and irritating haircuts. yet for a definite breed of biologist, lice make for attention-grabbing clinical fodder, in particular enlightening within the learn of coevolution. during this ebook, 3 prime specialists on host-parasite relationships display how the beautiful coevolution that happens among such species in microevolutionary, or ecological, time generates transparent footprints in macroevolutionary, or old, time. through integrating those scales, Coevolution of lifestyles on Hosts deals a complete knowing of the impression of coevolution at the variety of all life.

Following an creation to coevolutionary ideas, the authors mix experimental and comparative host-parasite techniques for trying out coevolutionary hypotheses to discover the impact of ecological interactions and coadaptation on styles of diversification and codiversification between interacting species. Ectoparasites—a different assemblage of organisms that levels from herbivorous bugs on crops, to monogenean flatworms on fish, and feather lice on birds—are robust types for the research of coevolution simply because they're effortless to monitor, mark, and count number. As lice on birds and mammals are everlasting parasites that spend their complete lifecycles at the our bodies in their hosts, they're ultimate to producing an artificial evaluate of coevolution—and, thereby, provide an exhilarating framework for integrating the suggestions of coadaptation and codiversification.

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