Relics of Eden: The Powerful Evidence of Evolution in Human DNA

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"Brilliantly conceived, this excellent book shows how DNA sequences confirm the fact of human evolution. Wide ranging though not superficial, detailed though not technical, filled with fresh examples and engaging vignettes, the book is respectful of dissenting opinions but leaves literal creationists with no place to hide."

"What an exciting surprise! Instead of the usual embryos and fossils, Fairbanks uses new molecular evidence. And he zeros in on a major controversy, the origin of humans and our relation to other primates. The arguments are presented with unusual clarity and they are overwhelmingly convincing....Fairbanks has devastating criticisms of creationism and intelligent design. Although personally religious, he maintains that these ideas, with their religious overtones, have no place in science; this atheist says 'Amen.'"

"Biology teachers rightly escort the creationist elephant out of the classroom and gently point it in the direction of the pulpit. As Daniel Fairbanks sensibly reminds us, there is a time and place for science and for religion, both of which enrich the human experience. Anyone who is troubled by the seeming dichotomy between the two modes of inquiry may gain perspective and comfort from this fine book, which should be supplemental reading in every biology classroom."

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"Brilliantly conceived, this excellent book shows how DNA sequences confirm the fact of human evolution. Wide ranging though not superficial, detailed though not technical, filled with fresh examples and engaging vignettes, the book is respectful of dissenting opinions but leaves literal creationists with no place to hide." —Daniel Hartl, Higgins Professor of Biology, Harvard University

"What an exciting surprise! Instead of the usual embryos and fossils, Fairbanks uses new molecular evidence. And he zeros in on a major controversy, the origin of humans and our relation to other primates. The arguments are presented with unusual clarity and they are overwhelmingly convincing."
—James F. Crow, emeritus professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and author of Genetics Notes

"As Fairbanks sensibly reminds us, there is a time and place for science and for religion, both of which enrich the human experience. Anyone who is troubled by the seeming dichotomy between the two modes of inquiry may gain perspective and comfort from this fine book, which should be supplemental reading in every biology classroom." —Cecie Starr, author of Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616141608
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel J. Fairbanks is a distinguished university professor, research geneticist, artist, and author. He is the coauthor (with A. Franklin, A.W.F. Edwards, D.L. Hartl, and T. Seidenfeld) of The Mendel-Fisher Controversy, and (with W. R. Andersen) of Genetics: The Continuity of Life in addition to numerous journal articles.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition i

Preface to the First Edition 7

Introduction: Fossils in Our DNA 11

Chapter 1 Fusion 17

Chapter 2 McClintock's Masterpiece 31

Chapter 3 Bogus Genes 47

Chapter 4 Solving the Trichotomy 61

Chapter 5 Darwinian DNA 73

Chapter 6 A Spectacular Confirmation 87

Chapter 7 Diversity 103

Chapter 8 The Tree of Life 121

Chapter 9 "When Faith and Reason Clash" 133

Chapter 10 Abandoning the Dichotomy 161

Postscript to the Paperback Edition 173

Introduction to the Appendices 181

Appendix 1 The Story of NANOG and Its Pseudogenes 185

Appendix 2 Nine Inversions 197

Appendix 3 From Darwin to the Human Genome: A Brief History 215

Glossary 253

Bibliography 261

Index 277

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