Evolution For Dummies

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Today, most colleges and universities offer evolutionary study as part of their biology curriculums. Evolution For Dummies will track a class in which evolution is taught and give an objective scientific view of the subject. This balanced guide explores the history and future of evolution, explaining the concepts and science behind it, offering case studies that support it, and comparing evolution with rival theories of creation, such as intelligent design. It also will identify the signs of evolution in the ...
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Overview

Today, most colleges and universities offer evolutionary study as part of their biology curriculums. Evolution For Dummies will track a class in which evolution is taught and give an objective scientific view of the subject. This balanced guide explores the history and future of evolution, explaining the concepts and science behind it, offering case studies that support it, and comparing evolution with rival theories of creation, such as intelligent design. It also will identify the signs of evolution in the world around us and explain how this theory affects our everyday lives and the future to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470117736
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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Dr. Greg Krukonis: Greg Kukonis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Stanford University. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor of biology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Tracy Barr: Tracy Barr is a professional writer and editor who has authored or co-authored several other books for Wiley, including Adoption For Dummies, Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies, Yorkshire Terriers For Dummies, and Latin For Dummies. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four children.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: What Evolution Is.

Chapter 1: What Evolution Is and Why You Need to Know.

Chapter 2: The Science — Past and Present — of Evolution.

Chapter 3: Getting into Your Genes: (Very) Basic Genetics.

Part II: How Evolution Works.

Chapter 4: Variation: A Key Requirement for Evolution.

Chapter 5: Natural Selection and Adaptations in Action.

Chapter 6: Random Evolution and Genetic Drift: Sometimes It’s All about Chance.

Chapter 7: Quantitative Genetics: When Many Genes Act at Once.

Chapter 8: Species and Speciation.

Chapter 9: Phylogenetics: Reconstructing the Tree of Life.

Part III: What Evolution Does.

Chapter 10: The Evolution of Life History.

Chapter 11: Units of Selection and the Evolution of Social Behavior.

Chapter 12: Evolution and Sex.

Chapter 13: Co-evolution: The Evolution of Interacting Species.

Chapter 14: Evo-Devo: The Evolution of Development.

Chapter 15: Molecular Evolution.

Part IV: Evolution and Your World.

Chapter 16: Human Evolution.

Chapter 17: The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance.

Chapter 18: HIV: The Origin and Evolution of a Virus.

Chapter 19: Influenza: One Flu, Two Flu, Your Flu, Bird Flu.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Fascinating Fossil Finds.

Chapter 21: Ten Amazing Adaptations.

Chapter 22: Ten Arguments against Evolution and Why They’re Wrong.

Index.

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