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Darwins hofvijver een drama in het Victoriameer (edition 2014)

by Tijs Goldschmidt

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Dazzling in their variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, the cichlids (small perchlike 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 underway 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.… (more)
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Title:Darwins hofvijver een drama in het Victoriameer
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Darwin's Dreampond: Drama on Lake Victoria by Tijs Goldschmidt

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Dazzling in their variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, the cichlids (small perchlike 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 underway 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.

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In 1981 vertrekt bioloog Tijs Goldschmidt naar Tanzania om een uitzonderlijk fenomeen in het Victoriameer te bestuderen: de hoge snelheid waarmee baarsachtige visjes nieuwe soorten vormen, maakt ze onweerstaanbaar - en de droom van iedere darwinist. 'Darwins hofvijver' was het eerste boek voor een breed publiek waarin de verstrekkende gevolgen van de introductie van een vreemde soort in een ecosysteem werden beschreven. Tegenwoordig is dit gemeengoed en de veranderingen in en rondom het Victoriameer zijn symbolisch voor wat zich nu mondiaal voltrekt. De mens is in staat de wereld naar zijn hand te zetten: er zwemmen Zuid-Amerikaanse piranha's in de vijvers van Tokio en oneetbare Japanse oesters veroverden onlangs de Waddenzee. 'Darwins hofvijver' is een van de bijzonderste en fascinerendste literaire non-fictieboeken uit het Nederlandse taalgebied en was ook internationaal een groot succes
Jezioro Wiktorii, Tanzania. Środek Afryki, potworne upały, malaria i przeraźliwa bieda. A jednak miejsce to ściąga dziesiątki uczonych z całego świata. Ekolodzy, genetycy, etolodzy i taksonomowie mogą tu jak pod mikroskopem obserwować procesy pojawiania się i zanikania niezliczonych gatunków maleńkich rybek - pielęgnic charakteryzujących się przedziwnymi przystosowaniami do tego akurat środowiska i wyjątkowego sposobu życia. Tijs Goldschmidt, holenderski zoolog, spędził tutaj pięć lat. Obdarzony wielkim talentem literackim opisuje dramat tego świata, którego istnienie stoi teraz pod znakiem zapytania ...
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