By Thomas Wilke, Risto Väinolä, Frank Riedel

Old lakes are unprecedented freshwater environments that experience persisted to exist for thousands of years. they've got lengthy been famous as centres of biodiversity and hotspots of evolution. in the course of contemporary a long time, speciation in old lakes has emerged as an immense and intriguing subject in evolutionary biology. The contributions during this quantity take care of styles and methods of organic diversification in 3 favorite historical lake structures. of those, the well-known East African nice Lakes have already got a robust culture of evolutionary experiences, however the different structures have thus far acquired less cognizance. the outstanding biodiversity of the eu sister lakes Ohrid and Prespa of the Balkans has lengthy been recognized, yet has mostly been missed within the overseas literature till lately. the wealthy biota and difficulties of its evolution within the crucial lake structures at the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, in flip, have basically in recent years began to draw clinical realization. This quantity goals at deepening the attention of the bizarre organic variety in old lakes normally, and of the function of those lakes as common laboratories for the learn of speciation and diversification specifically. it's going to stimulate additional study that might result in a greater knowing of key evolutionary techniques in those lakes, and to wisdom that would assist in mitigating the deterioration in their variety sooner or later.

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