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Darwin's Dreampond: Drama in Lake Victoria

Darwin's Dreampond: Drama in Lake Victoria

This text tells the evolutionary story of the cichlids, small perch-like fishes, geographically isolated in Lake Victoria long enough to undergo unusually broad speciation. It looks at the events leading to their near extinction and discusses the history of Lake Victoria's ecosys... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780262071789
Published 15 August 1996
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Goldschmidt, Tijs
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ISBN-13 9780262071789
ISBN-10 0262071789
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher unlisted
Imprint MIT Press
Publication Date 15 August 1996
International Publication Date 31 October 1996
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Goldschmidt, Tijs
Category Award Winning
Plant Physiology
Animal Ecology
Fishes (Ichthyology)
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 280
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 22mm
Weight 544g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Lake ecology, Victoria, Lake, Cichlids, Evolution
NBS Text Science & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 575.01
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Dazzling in their variety of sizes, shapes and colours, 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 one of the most spectacular in the world, interesting 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 skilfully blends a 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 first-person narrative on Golschmidt's adventures and misadventures as a field researcher. He portrays the colours and textures of the landscapes and the lives of the local people as he interacts with them during the course of his fieldwork.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Natural World Book of the Year 1997 -- Short-listed for BP Natural World Book Prize 1997
NZ Review Tijs Goldschmidt has trapped a ghost image in this solid and highly perceptive work - the glorious, haunting, and indecipherable complexity of biological life. Goldschmidt also shows us, however, that the human desire both to understand and to exploit such life is equally thought-provoking. Thus does Darwin's Dreampond become a first rate account of a modern scientist's field work among the cychlids and the Sukuma people of Lake Victoria. --Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams

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