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eBook Darwin's Dreampond: Drama in Lake Victoria ePub

by Tijs Goldschmidt

  • ISBN: 0262071789
  • Category: Biological Sciences
  • Subcategory: Math Science
  • Author: Tijs Goldschmidt
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (September 12, 1996)
  • Pages: 280
  • ePub book: 1867 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1681 kb
  • Other: mbr rtf docx lit
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 500

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In Darwin's Dreampond Goldschmidt shows off the Lake Victoria furu as a biological case study, using it as a springboard for explaining basic taxonomy and systematics and concepts in evolutionary biology such as speciation (allopatric and sympatric), adaptive radiation, and natural.

In Darwin's Dreampond Goldschmidt shows off the Lake Victoria furu as a biological case study, using it as a springboard for explaining basic taxonomy and systematics and concepts in evolutionary biology such as speciation (allopatric and sympatric), adaptive radiation, and natural selection. The final chapters describe the effects on the lake ecosystem of the introduction of the Nile Perch - notably the extinction of most of the furu species.

Tijs Goldschmidt has trapped a ghost image in this solid and highly .

Tijs Goldschmidt has trapped a ghost image in this solid and highly perceptive work - the glorious, haunting, and indecipherable complexity of biological life.

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It conveys a sense of what it is like for a scientist to become involved in a politically and socially charged biodiversity issue in the tropics like no other book currently on the shelves. It tells a scientific story without parallel.

By: Tijs Goldschmidt and Sherry Marx-MacDonald. 274 pages, B/w photos, illus. Publisher: MIT Press. Dazzling in their variety, shapes, and colours, the cichlids of Lake Victoria, like the finches of the Galapagos and Hawaii's Honeycreepers, have been geographically isolated long enough to undergo unusually broad speciations, forming a species flock that are among the most spectacular in the world. The process of speciation was still underway until recently, when the introduction of the large predatory Nile perch so disrupted the Lake's intricate ecosystem that the glorious spectrum of cichlids have almost vanished.

Darwin's Dreampond: Drama in Lake Victoria. Tijs Goldschmidt book is both unusual and eminently readable. book is both unusual and eminently readable. He alternates between personal narrative⃛ and scientific passages, Axel Meyer, Nature 383, 590 (1996). Hal's Legacy: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality.

Goldschmidt studied cichlids, locally called furu, a group of small perchlike fish, whose radiation into countless species in Lake Victoria is an ecologist's dream come true.

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Dazzling in their variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, the cichlids (small perch-like fishes) of Lake Victoria, like the finches of the Galapagos Islands and Hawaii's Honeycreepers, have been geographically isolated long enough to undergo unusually broad speciation. These small fish form a species flock—closely related species that have descended from a common ancestor and radiated, or fanned, into different specializations—that is the most spectacular in the world, fascinating anatomists, ecologists, ethologists, and evolutionary biologists alike. The process of speciation was still under way until just recently, when the introduction of the large, predatory Nile perch so disrupted the Lake's intricate ecosystem that the glorious spectrum of cichlids has almost vanished. Darwin's Dreampond tells the evolutionary story of the extraordinary "furu" and the battlefield leading to extinction. Tijs Goldschmidt skillfully blends a masterful discussion of the principles of neo-Darwinian evolution and speciation with a history of Lake Victoria's ecosystem. The science unfolds in the context of the engaging first-person narrative of Goldschmidt's adventures and misadventures as a field researcher. An astute observer and a clear and witty writer, he warmly portrays the colors and textures of the landscapes and the lives of the local people as he interacts with them during the course of his fieldwork.

Comments

Keath Keath
Mixture of evolutionary science, fish biology, and a fascinating story. Enjoyed the story and came away feeling I had learned much/ Sorry when I finished it
Elizabeth Elizabeth
should be on any cichlid lovers list, also any one who has ever wondered why things are they are and how did they get that way
Datrim Datrim
This is one of those rare science books that combines wonderful science with excellent, well-imagined and carefully executed writing. The book focuses on the cichlids of Lake Victoria and seeks to explore why there are so many species of these fish living in one location. This "species flock" is under pressure and species are fast disappearing--they may be, as a phenomenon, one of the great natural wonders of the world.
The facts about the fish alone are amazing. There is no end to the amazing features and abilities these creatures have developed. Their variety is overwhelming. And it is described here in an incredibly poignant way that fills you with wonder at the power of evolution and variety of life on earth.
Goldschmidt has such a huge and inquistive mind that contemplating fish alone is not enough--life in all its forms seeps in. He connects his bout with malaria to a discussion on recessivity, the marital situation with his asstistant to the topic of sexual selection, the concepts of adaptive radiation with the culture of the area. It is a book that links scientific inquiry and insight with real life interactions, with the work and conditions of being a scientist, with the landscape and people around him. You get a sense of what the work of a field biologist is like and at the same time,you are introduced to some of the more technical aspects of evolutionary biology. And it is all done with enormous literary flair and affection for the subject. This is the kind of book that makes you rethink your career and sign up for as a volunteer to do field work.
Anyone interested in ciclids, evolutionary biology or just great nature writing will enjoy this enormously.
Hadadel Hadadel
I am interested in the broader issues of the natural history of the region and find the Cichlid speciation fascinating. I never really thought about it but it seems to me that the formation of the world's 2nd largest body of fresh water from upland tropical streams would naturally result in a setting favorable to rapid speciation. Nevertheless, the book could have benefitted from better editing. I am not a biologist, so some of the biological descriptions were tough slogging. I am more than a little bit confused by the definition of every new looking fish as a species - we have lots of different looking dogs, from chihuahuas to Great Danes, which in some sense occupy different 'ecological niches', but these are not different species. I wonder whether the hundreds of different Cichlid species identified in Lake Victoria really evolved in that short of a time period, particularly since their ability to interbreed was not discussed. As a geologist, I would have liked to see more description of how the lake formed - I believe the lake formed in the last 12,000 years from tectonic uplift on the flanks of the Western Rift - and this should have been presented. Also, what do we know about the Cichlid species that lived in the upland streams 12,000 years ago that would have provided the rootstalk for the lake 'species flock'? I also would have liked more figures, maybe even a color plate or two. All of these criticisms aside, this is a 'must-read' book for people interested in Darwinian evolution. The two themes that are central in this book - tremendous diversification if not speciation of Cichlids over the past 12,000 years and extinction of Cichlids over the past 15 years following introduction of the Nile Perch - is a fascinating and fundamental 'fish story'.
Arashilkis Arashilkis
Darwin's Dreampond is a story written on several levels. On one level, the story is about the speciation and extinction through predation by Nile perch and human fisherman of hundreds of cichlid species in Lake Victoria. At the end, readers get some relief with indications that new species are developing to replace those lost.
On a another level, the book is the intellectual adventure of a field zoologist trying to understand cichlids by reviewing evolutionary ideas and observations in other species and applying them to what he is observing. So, in addition to cichlids, readers learn about DNA, how natural selection creates evolution, the benefits of sickle-cell anemia, mimicry in butterflies, sexual selection in sticklebacks, the niches of different species of vultures, life among Tanzanians, and more.
People who appreciate good writing should know that the original Dutch version was nominated for two science writing awards and one literature award. It won one of the science writing awards.
Faebei Faebei
I needed this book for a biology class and, at first, was not thrilled to have to read it. However, after starting to read it, I Did find it very interesting. It really tought me a lot about how species evolve and how some actually change so much that they become another species.

It also showed me how one species can almost whipe out a nimber of species.

Thhis is VERY good reading for anyone in the science field.