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Evolutionary Biology

See also: Charles Darwin and Paleontology.

Selected Books

99% Ape: How Evolution Adds Up
Edited by Jonathan Silvertown
QH367.A13 2009
99% Ape offers an accessible, straightforward introduction to evolution, beginning with Darwin’s discoveries and continuing through the latest genetic discoveries, which indicate that humans share 99% of their genes with chimps.
 
Blumberg, Mark S.
Freaks of Nature: What Anomalies Tell Us about Development and Evolution
QM691.B63 2009
In Freaks of Nature, Blumberg turns a scientist's eye on the oddities of nature, showing how a subject once relegated to the sideshow can shed new light on how individuals -- and entire species -- develop, survive, and evolve.
 
Fodor, Jerry and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini
What Darwin Got Wrong
QH375.F63 2010
Fodor and Paittelli-Palmarini argue that there is too much left unexplained by Darwin's theory of Natural Selection. "Why, when vertebrates evolved wings, did they have to give up their front legs to do it? Why don't birds that live in trees make a living by eating the leaves instead of spending so much of their energy looking for seeds or worms?"
 
Meinesz, Alexandre
How Life Began: Evolution's Three Geneses
QH325.M36 2008
How Life Began, by French marine biologist Meinesz, elucidates three origins, or geneses, of life: bacteria, cells, and multicellular organisms. It shows how evolution has sculpted life to its current biodiversity through four main events: mutation, recombination, natural selection, and geologic cataclysm.
 
Prothero, Donald R.
Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters
QE721.2.E85 P76 2007
Over the past twenty years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before.The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution.
 
Russell, Dale A.
Islands in the Cosmos: The Evolution of Life on Land
QH366.2.R87 2009
In Islands of the Cosmos, Dale A. Russell, senior curator of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, traces a path from the dawn of the universe to speculations about our future on this planet. He centers his story on the physical and biological processes in evolution, which interact to favor more successful, and eliminate less successful, forms of life.
 
Sykes, Bryan
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
GN289.S94 2001
The seven daughters of Eve represent the seven women that Sykes, (genetics, Oxford U.) has identified as the maternal ancestors of 95% of all modern Europeans. He recounts his work with a particular mitochondrial gene, which passes down the maternal line undiluted, in reconstructing the genetic paths that ethnic groups have travelled from these seven original "clan mothers."
 
Weiss, Kenneth M.
The Mermaid's Tale: Four Billion Years of Cooperation in the Making of Living Things
QH325.W43 2009
Although relentless competitive natural selection is widely assumed to be the primary mover of evolutionary change, The Mermaid's Tale shows how life more generally works on the basis of cooperation.
 
Wilson, David Sloan
Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think about Our Lives
B818.W665 2007
What is the biological reason for gossip? For laughter? For the creation of art? Why do dogs have curly tails? What can microbes tell us about morality? These and many other questions are tackled by renowned evolutionist David Sloan Wilson in this witty and groundbreaking new book.
 

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