Ever since Darwin, the question of ancestry, human and animal, has been hotly disputed, and merry trail of claims, hoaxes, and confusion has kept us all entertained. Until the 18th century everyone knew where they stood on the ladder of nature, with jellyfish at the bottom, humans at the top, and guinea pigs somewhere in between. But as more evidence was gathered from living things and fossils, the great chain of being started to get a bit fuzzy. And then Darwin went off to the Galapagos islands and the fun began. Get a Grip on Evolution traces the discoveries and theories that try to explain how the giraffe got its neck, why big ears are good when things get hot, and how it is that someone called Lucy can claim to be everyone's greatest of great-grandmothers.
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A rather simplified version geared to be an introduction for a beginner. I could recommend it to my students, as it's readable and accurate. For anyone with any level of knowledge beyond the beginning, this isn't the book for you, but that's not meant to be a criticism, since it isn't meant to be.