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Intended as a reference for high school and college students, this resource is made up of more than 200 entries addressing evolutionary science and its development; current resources for further reading are included in each entry. The biographical entries represent influential evolutionary scientists within the United States. Five feature essays explore thought-provoking, controversial topics, e.g., whether an evolutionary scientist can be religious and whether genes control human behavior. The appendix summarizes Charles Darwin's seminal work, The Origin of Species. This single volume differs in many ways from Oxford's two-volume Encyclopedia of Evolution(2002). The Oxford title, for one, can be more technical and detailed because its entries are written by a variety of experts. But Rice (biology, Southeastern Oklahoma State Univ., Durant) writes well and clearly, even on quite technical topics, and explains all the sides to controversial issues. He also covers some related areasâ€”e.g., plate tectonics, global warming, and the Gaia hypothesisâ€”that are not included in the larger work but that would be of interest to students.