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Introducing the latest ideas on how life originated and diversified on earth, this new edition of a classic work provides a concise and engaging summary of modern evolutionary theory. The heavily illustrated book is intended for readers with little or no formal training in science and is an ideal introduction for students. Teachers of biology will also find the book a valuable reference text. Among the features of the second edition:
• new chapters on neural evolution and gene evolution
• explanations of the latest theories on the evolution of humans
• extensive updates throughout, with emphasis on molecular evolution
• many new or updated illustrations
• comprehensive coverage, clear and concise presentation

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Editorial Reviews

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"A concise and engaging summary of modern evolutionary theory."—The Midwest Book Review

"Provides a concise and engaging summary of modern evolutionary theory, for students and general readers with little or no formal training in science."—SciTech Book News, December 1999

"The book is a concise, lucid introduction to evolutionary biology for the layperson. Among the valuable resources is a discussion of molecular biology that contains references to 1996 and so is fairly up to date. The drawings and charts make the text easier for a nonspecialist to follow."—Karen Bartelt, Reports of the National Center for Science Education. May/June 2000

"Under a single cover, a well-balanced and generally readable summary of modern evolutionary theory. . . Well-illustrated."—Northeastern Naturalist, Issue 8/1, 2001

Provides a concise and engaging summary of modern evolutionary theory, for students and general readers with little or no formal training in science. Explains variations within species, heredity, genetics and variation, and mutation, and discusses natural selection theory, the origin of species, and speciation in the Galapagos Islands. Examines the origin and early evolution of life and of humanity, and discusses the intersection of science and politics. Includes a "who's who" of key figures with b&w photos and portraits, plus a glossary. The first edition was published in 1978. This second edition contains new chapters on neural and gene evolution, and emphasis on molecular evolution. The author was retired from the paleontology department of The Natural History Museum in London. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485947
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: A Comstock Book Series
  • Edition description: 2 ED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First and Second Editions
1 Propositions 1
2 Species 2
3 Variation within species 4
4 Heredity 10
5 Genetics and variation 24
6 Mutation 28
7 Natural selection theory 37
8 Selection in action 48
9 Neutral evolution and the molecular clock 62
10 Gene families and gene evolution 68
11 The origin of species 78
12 Speciation in the Galapagos Islands 85
13 The hierarchy of life 100
14 Proof and disproof: science and politics 116
15 The origin and early evolution of life 124
16 Evolution and humanity 140
17 Who's who 149
Further reading 154
Glossary 156
Index 161
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