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An Introduction to EvolutionSecond Edition| ©2014 Carl Zimmer
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"Spectacularly successful.” —Quarterly Review of Biology
“The Tangled Bank is the best written and best illustrated introduction to evolution of the Darwin centennial decade, and also the most conversant with ongoing research. It is excellent for students, the general public, and even other biologists.”— Edward O. Wilson, University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University
“Zimmer describes the processes and patterns of evolution admirably, using his flair with language and substantial knowledge of biology…. Zimmer has a gift for finding just the right example to fascinate the reader, encouraging him or her to want to read on and learn more. The book is astoundingly well illustrated; it could serve as a coffee-table book as well as an up-to-date introduction to the changing ways in which evolution has been and is being studied. A book to both browse and read in depth.”—CHOICE (by B. K. Hall, Dalhousie University)
"The best textbook I’ve seen for a non-majors introductory biology course about evolution.... well-produced, up-to-date, readable, and exceptionally well illustrated. At no point does it falter." —Randy Moore, CBE—Life Sciences Education Book Review
"One rarely says of a textbook, 'I couldn't put it down,' but that was how I felt reading Carl Zimmer's The Tangled Bank. Zimmer has applied his award-winning communication skills to produce a readable yet up-to-date and thorough treatment of evolutionary biology." —Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education
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Table of Contents
1. Walking Whales: An Introduction To Evolution
2. Before and After Darwin: A Brief History of Evolutionary Biology
3. What the Rocks Say: How Geology and Paleontology Reveal the History of Life
4. The Tree of Life: How Biologists Use Phylogeny to Reconstruct the Deep Past
5. Evolution’s Raw Materials
6. The Ways of Change: Drift, and Selection
7. Molecular Evolution: The History in Our Genes
8. Adaptation: The Birth of the New
9. Sex and Family
10. Darwin’s First Question: The Origin of Species
11. Macroevolution: Life Over the Long Run
12. Intimate Partnerships: How Species Adapt to Each Other
13. Minds and Microbes: The Evolution of Behavior
14. A New Kind Of Ape
15. Evolutionary Medicine
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Carl Zimmer is one of the country’s leading science writers. A columnist for The New York Times and a regular contributor to magazines like Scientific American and National Geographic, he is the author of thirteen books, including Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea and A Planet of Viruses. Zimmer is a lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches science writing. He is a three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Award and the winner of the National Academies Communication Award. You can learn more at the author's website: www.carlzimmer.com.
Dr. Alison E. H. Perkins holds an MS in Wildlife Biology, an MA in Radio-Television Production, and a PhD in Forestry and Conservation from the University of Montana. She works as both a formal and informal science educator. Her research interests include evolution education, how people learn about science, and sources of ecological knowledge.
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