Evolution Revolution

Evolution Revolution

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by Robert Winston, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
     
 

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Why do humans walk on two feet? What really happened to the dinosaurs? Delve into the story of evolutionary science and follow Charles Darwin on his epic voyage in search of the origin of species in Evolution Revolution.

Starting with the publication of Darwin's famous On the Origin of Species, Evolution Revolution explores how one man's

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Why do humans walk on two feet? What really happened to the dinosaurs? Delve into the story of evolutionary science and follow Charles Darwin on his epic voyage in search of the origin of species in Evolution Revolution.

Starting with the publication of Darwin's famous On the Origin of Species, Evolution Revolution explores how one man's revolutionary theories changed the world. Discover how Darwin came up with the theory of natural selection by collecting plant and animal samples from around the world and see how it has influenced science in the modern age. Learn about the advancements made after Darwin as modern scientists reveal the secrets of genes and DNA and give us a glimpse at what lies ahead.

New available in paperback and featuring a cleaner and easier to understand design, Evolution Revolution is perfect for kids who have ever wondered where we come from, how we got here, and why life on our world is so varied and amazing.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The opening comment by Robert Winston and the illustration that accompanies it are terrific. He clearly states what a breakthrough Darwin's theory of evolution was and how it is supported more strongly as we learn more. Some may still find Darwin's theory controversial. The amusing illustration shows the evolution pictorially with the last creature being a very unusual hominid. The four major sections of the book begin with a chapter that sets the stage of man's search for answers. The second presents Darwin and his theory which then takes us to the third section that discusses genetics and the final section which is entitled "Evolution in Action" because after all, "are we not still evolving?" Readers may think that Darwin only published one book On the Origin of Species, but he actually followed up with more books including The Descent of Man in which he posited that humans and apes shared a common ancestor. Darwin spent twenty years working to find proof for his theory and he enlisted the help of his extensive family. Readers are invited to build their own collection boxes (although it may be hard for kids today to find the matchboxes called for in the project). Text and illustration clearly explain his theories and how the information was promulgated. Today scientists have other information to support Darwin's natural selection theory—genetics and the ability to study genetic codes. How about the facts that we share 50% of our genes with a banana or that what we do to our bodies could affect our grandchildren? It is pretty heady stuff and a chapter entitled "Playing God" is bound to raise the eyebrows of some. The closing pages contain an interesting timeline,address the missing link, and offer a family tree which includes the development of humans. There is a glossary and an index. In this year of celebrating Darwin, this is another excellent book to help young readers better understand his work and to place it in the larger context of science today. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8

Sidebars and photos dominate this highly visual survey. The first two thirds of the book are devoted to the history of thought and research on evolution, from stories of Creation, through Darwin, to genetics. The last third looks at "Evolution in Action." Information on the fetuses of related species rubs shoulders with variations within species and a time line of the Earth. Visually, the book snaps with colored backgrounds, cool graphics, topflight photos, and clever word balloons coming from vintage black-and-white reproductions. Suggested activities are worth trying, and a guessing game on related species does a fine job of enhancing understanding of the concept of evolutionary lines. Browsers will enjoy dipping in and out, but the book reads surprisingly well straight through, and readers who devour it whole will learn a great deal.-Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756645243
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
01/19/2009
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
IG1050L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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Evolution Revolution 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pgcook More than 1 year ago
This book by world renowned scientist and educator Robert Winston is the best introduction to evolution I have seen. The illustrations are informative and engaging, the text is factual and dotted with interesting factoids that children of all ages enjoy. It is hard to say whether the adults or the children in our house enjoyed this book more.