Evolution

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Now updated and presented in a smaller format with fifteen new gorgeous photographs, Evolution steps beyond the debate and presents the undeniable truth of Darwin's theory, showing through skeletons both obscure and commonplace, but always intriguing, the process by which life has transformed itself, again and again.

Here is a powerful pairing: two hundred stark black-and-white photographs produced by Patrick Gries in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History in Paris are accompanied by text from scientist and documentarian Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu. The result is a revealing collection that profoundly illustrates the key themes of evolution—homology, convergence, adaptation, polymorphism, and more. 

Spectacular, mysterious, elegant, or grotesque, the vertebrate skeletons of Earth's fossil record carry within them the traces of several billion years of evolution. Evolution, a resounding success on its initial publication in 2007, is a unique and beautiful attempt to provide a map of those billion years in time. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609803681
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN-BAPTISTE DE PANAFIEU is a professor of natural sciences and a doctor of biological oceanography, as well as a documentarian and author.

PATRICK GRIES has photographed over two thousand artworks for the Quai Branly Museum and collaborated with the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art.

LINDA ASHER is a former fiction editor at the New Yorker and the translator of works by Victor Hugo, Georges Simenon, and Milan Kundera, among others.

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Table of Contents

Creation stories 6
Fossils and fairytales 8
Victims of the flood 10
Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck 12
Extinct animals 14
A series of catastrophes 16
Dinosaur frenzy 18
Charles Darwin 20
Living evidence 22
Animal and plant distribution 24
Fossil evidence 26
The age of the Earth 28
Artificial selection 30
Variation and inheritance 32
The struggle for existence 34
Natural selection 36
Understanding adaptation 38
How new species are formed 40
Living intermediates 42
Fossil intermediates 44
Jumps and gaps 46
Ladders and branches 48
Gregor Mendel 50
Solving the DNA puzzle 52
The molecular evidence 54
The origin of life 56
Science and belief 58
History of life 60
Up to the present 62
Index 64
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