Genetics in the wild.

Genetics in the wild. John C. Avise.

Washington D C: Smithsonian Institute Press, 2002. Octavo, text illustrations, dustwrapper.

WAS $50. Describes plants and animals whose peculiar lifestyles in the wild have been illuminated by molecular markers. Among the dozens of vignettes - 92 in all- are descriptions of a mammal that produces clonal offspring, a 100-ton mushroom, lizard species that have done away with males, birds who dump their eggs in other's nests, the evolutionary origins of plant carnivory and bird nests, the migratory histories of crabs, geese, and other animals, and the retrieving of DNA from the dead to unveil the genealogies of now extinct-birds, Ice-Age mammals, and Neanderthal relatives.

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