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Evolution

  • The White River Badlandsby Rachel C. Benton; Jr. Dennis O. Terry; Emmett Evanoff; Hugh Gregory McDonald

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 44.99

    The forbidding Big Badlands in Western South Dakota contain the richest fossil beds in the world. Even today these rocks continue to yield new specimens brought to light by snowmelt and rain washing away soft rock deposited on a floodplain long ago. The quality and quantity of the fossils are superb: most of the species to be found there are known... more...

  • Faith Versus Factby Jerry A. Coyne

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 28.95

    The New York Times bestselling author explains why any attempt to make religion compatible with science is doomed to fail In his provocative new book, evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne lays out in clear, dispassionate detail why the toolkit of science, based on reason and empirical study, is reliable, while that of religion?including faith,... more...

  • Life's Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitableby Paul G. Falkowski

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 24.95

    For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us. Life?s Engines takes readers deep into the microscopic world to explore how these marvelous creatures made life on Earth possible?and... more...

  • Social Evolution and Inclusive Fitness Theoryby James A.R. Marshall

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 39.95

    Social behavior has long puzzled evolutionary biologists, since the classical theory of natural selection maintains that individuals should not sacrifice their own fitness to affect that of others. Social Evolution and Inclusive Fitness Theory argues that a theory first presented in 1963 by William D. Hamilton?inclusive fitness theory?provides the... more...

  • Mixed Messagesby Robert A. Paul

    University of Chicago Press 2015; US$ 30.00

    As social and symbolic animals?animals with language and systems of signs?humans are informed by two different kinds of heritage, one biological, the other cultural. Scholars have tended to study our genetic and symbolic lineages separately, but in recent years some have begun to explore them together, offering a ?dual inheritance theory.? In this... more...

  • Ecology and Conservation of North American Sea Ducksby Jean-Pierre L. Savard; Dirk V. Derksen; Dan Esler; John M. Eadie

    CRC Press 2015; US$ 149.95

    The past decade has seen a huge increase in the interest and attention directed toward sea ducks, the Mergini tribe. This has been inspired, in large part, by the conservation concerns associated with numerical declines in several sea duck species and populations, as well as a growing appreciation for their interesting ecological attributes. Reflecting... more...

  • Macroevolutionby Emanuele Serrelli; Nathalie Gontier

    Springer International Publishing 2015; US$ 159.00

    This book is divided in two parts, the first of which shows how, beyond paleontology and systematics, macroevolutionary theories apply key insights from ecology and biogeography, developmental biology, biophysics, molecular phylogenetics and even the sociocultural sciences to explain evolution in deep time. In the second part, the phenomenon of macroevolution... more...

  • The Nature of the Beastby Bryan Sykes

    Hodder & Stoughton 2015; US$ 23.75

    Professor Bryan Sykes, the world's leading expert on human genetics, set a goal to locate and analyse as many DNA samples as possible with links to the yeti. In doing so, he found himself entering a strange world of mystery and sensationalism, fraud and obsession and even the supernatural. Protected by the ruthless vigour of genetic analysis... more...

  • The Nature of the Beastby Bryan Sykes

    Hodder & Stoughton 2015; Not Available

    Professor Bryan Sykes, the world's leading expert on human genetics, set a goal to locate and analyse as many DNA samples as possible with links to the yeti. In doing so, he found himself entering a strange world of mystery and sensationalism, fraud and obsession and even the supernatural. Protected by the ruthless vigour of genetic analysis... more...

  • Everyone Is Africanby Daniel J. Fairbanks

    Prometheus Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    ?Few are aware that the best ammunition against racism comes from modern evolutionary biology and genetics, and this gap in the public understanding of science needs to be closed.Daniel J. Fairbanks?s small but complete book provides clear explanations of the science behind human variation. I hope it is widely read.? ?Eugenie C. Scott, chair of... more...