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The Origin of Species

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The richness and diversity of life raises two of the most profound questions in biology: How do new species form? And, why are there so many species?

Our planet has millions of species, including thousands of mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles, and even more butterflies, beetles, and other animals, each adapted to one of an enormous variety of habitats. The richness and diversity of life raises two of the most profound questions in biology: How do new species form? And, why are there so many species? The Origin of Species series tells the stories of the intrepid naturalists who have traveled the world, from the famed Galápagos Islands to the Malay Archipelago, in search of evidence and answers.

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The epic voyages of Darwin and Wallace led each to independently discover the natural origin of species and to formulate the...

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Four decades of research on finch species that live only on the Galápagos Islands illuminate how species form and multiply....

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In the Caribbean islands, adaptation to several common habitats has led to a large adaptive radiation with interesting...

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The richness and diversity of life raises two of the most profound questions in biology: How do new species form? And, why are there so many species?

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