The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution

The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution

by Carl Zimmer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0981519474

ISBN-13: 9780981519470

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: Roberts and Company Publishers

The Tangled Bank is the first textbook about evolution intended for the general reader. Zimmer, an award-winning science writer, takes readers on a fascinating journey into the latest discoveries about evolution. In the Canadian Arctic, paleontologists unearth fossils documenting the move of our ancestors from sea to land. In the outback of Australia, a zoologist

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The Tangled Bank is the first textbook about evolution intended for the general reader. Zimmer, an award-winning science writer, takes readers on a fascinating journey into the latest discoveries about evolution. In the Canadian Arctic, paleontologists unearth fossils documenting the move of our ancestors from sea to land. In the outback of Australia, a zoologist tracks some of the world's deadliest snakes to decipher the 100-million-year evolution of venom molecules. In Africa, geneticists are gathering DNA to probe the origin of our species. In clear, non-technical language, Zimmer explains the central concepts essential for understanding new advances in evolution, including natural selection, genetic drift, and sexual selection. He demonstrates how vital evolution is to all branches of modern biology—from the fight against deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the analysis of the human genome. Richly illustrated with 285 illustrations and photographs, The Tangled Bank is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history of life on Earth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981519470
Publisher:
Roberts and Company Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
394
Sales rank:
137,823
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Evolution: An Introduction
2. From Natural Philosophy to Modern Biology
3. What the Rocks Say
4. The Tree of Life
5. Evolution’s Molecules
6. The Ways of Change: Mutation, Drift, and Selection
7. The History in our Genes
8. Adaptation: From Genes to Traits
9. The Origin of Species
10. Radiations and Extinctions: Biodiversity through the Ages
11. Intimate Partnerships: The Evolution of Friends and Enemies
12. Sex and Family
13. Evolutionary Medicine
14. Minds and Microbes: The Evolution of Behavior

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