Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Darwin's Man in BrazilThe Evolving Science of Fritz Müller$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David A. West

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062600

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062600.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use (for details see http://www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 May 2018

Evolutionary Studies, 1876–1881

Evolutionary Studies, 1876–1881

(p.138) 7 Evolutionary Studies, 1876–1881
Darwin's Man in Brazil

David A. West

University Press of Florida

As traveling naturalist, Müller explored the biologically distinctive highlands north of Blumenau, The general themes of his very diverse research included convergent evolution, parallel adaptations at various life history stages, (e.g., of freshwater and marine crabs and of caddis flies living in diverse habitats), and complex adaptations of interacting species (e.g., fig trees and fig wasps, their obligate pollinators). An 1879 family tragedy brought with it many difficulties. Daughter Rosa, with whom Müller hoped to write a book on Brazilian natural history, committed suicide in Germany after completing her studies. Then the Itajaí River, which runs through Blumenau, flooded 14.6m above its usual height. There were hairbreadth escapes and major losses, and Müller devoted much time to a relief committee for the province. It took several months for him to restore his miniscule office and longer to return to serious research. The National Museum’s institutional and political problems threatened his working life and his job.

Keywords:   exploration, traveling naturalist, highlands, convergent evolution, correlated adaptations, intraspecific variation, suicide, National Museum, Itajaí River, flood

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .