Demons in Eden: The Paradox of Plant Diversity


169pp, colour photo section. "At the heart of evolution lies a bewildering paradox. Natural selection favours above all the individual that leaves the most offspring - a super-organism of sorts that JS (Professor of Ecology at The Open University) here calls the "Darwinian demon"...So why then, if evolution favours this demon, is the world filled with so many different life forms?" The question is considered using the latest scientific discoveries from the plant world, and explores the astonishing diversity of plant life in areas around the globe including Japan, Florida, Mexico, the Canary Islands and the grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Hardback.

ISBN 0226757714

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