Frogs, Flies, and Dandelions

by Menno Schilthuizen
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. 254 pages.

In Frogs, Flies, and Dandelions, Menno Schilthuizen provides a lively and accessible introduction to contemporary controversies over modes of speciation, arguing in the process for the validity of sympatric speciation (a position taken by Darwin himself, but widely rejected nowadays). Reviewing the book in RNCSE (2003 Jan/Feb; 23 [1]: 37-8), John Wilkins wrote, "The arguments are presented in this book with as much attention to detail — and to both the biology and the personalities — as any book I have even seen. Schilthuizen is that extreme rarity — a biologist who writes entertainingly and clearly for lay audiences."