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From the Publisher"This is a rich work and an excellent contribution to the study and teaching of insect and arthropod science."
Kipling W. Will, BioScience
"Surprisingly for a book of this depth ... the intended audience are beginning graduate students, non-specialist, and even amateur naturalists and fossil insect collectors. The writing style is simple, without the over-explained feel of a textbook, but complete and satisfying. In cases where technical terms are inevitable, there's a very useful glossary at the end."
"Entomologists such as myself are concerned only with a few insect species, especially those that interact with man - either pest species or beautiful, endangered species such as butterflies. Seldom do we give much thought to how and when our study organisms evolved, and when we do, the relevant information is often hard to find. Fortunately, two American authors, David Grimaldi and Michael Engel, have brilliantly synthesised the potentially mind-boggling diversity of information in Evolution of the Insects...This book is well written, logically presented, well referenced, easy to read and marvellously illustrated, mostly in color...it will be immensely useful to non-taxonomists, entomologists who are ecologists, behaviorists and physiologists. One of its strengths is that it is a general reference source that can be dipped into according to need but also has a logical thread and can be read cover to cover....Each of the other chapters is an equal pleasure to read, and the average of at least one illustration per page is maintained throughout. Apart from being relevant to the text, some of the photographs of both living and fossil insects are so beautiful that the book might even have a casual "coffee table" appeal. I am sure that I will use it much more frequently than many other reference books that I own, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone with an interest in entomology."
Graham Elmes, Times Higher Education
"The authors have created an impressive work in presenting an evolutionary history of insects, including information on their diversity, relationships, and 400 million years of fossils. No other work has managed to integrate this diversity of living and extinct insects. This book has already been noted as a breakthrough work and a landmark contribution. [...] This work advances our knowledge of insect relationshiops and conveys the vast scope and depth of information the authors have provided about the topic that no other work on insect fossils has approached...This work is a must have for anyone interested in insect studies and is highly recommended for academic libraries."
American Reference Books Annual
"As an instructor of a course in insect classification and evolution, I have eagerly awaited the publication of Grimaldi and Engel’s volume as an important supplementary text for my students. Overall, my wait has been richly rewarded. This is a beautifully produced book, with cleanly presented (often color) photos of fossils supplemented by attractively produced photos of living taxa, elegant line drawings, diagrams, and tables. The comprehensive compilation of the broad range of insect diversity across fossil and extant taxa is a Herculean task. Moreover, the authors have produced a highly readable and engaging text that should provide strong incentive for students to learn more. Anyone who does not enjoy browsing through or reading this book is not likely to be an entomologist! The authors and Cambridge University Press are to be congratulated for making this large volume such a pleasure to read and use. I took the book with me to read on vacation and didn’t once wish I had taken something else!"
J. B. Whitfield, Entomological Society of America