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Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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This book illuminates the crucial role of evolutionary biology in transforming our view of human origins and our relation to the universe, highlighting the impact of this theory on traditional philosophy and religion. The authors introduce the general reader to some of the most important basic findings, concepts, and procedures of evolutionary biology, as it has developed since the first publications of Darwin and Wallace on the subject, over 140 years ago. They show how evolution provides a unifying set of principles for the whole of biology and sheds light on the relation of human beings to the universe and each other.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 133-135) and index.

Synopsis:

This book covers the crucial role of evolutionary biology in transforming our view of human origins and relation to the universe, and its impact on traditional philosophy and religion. Furthermore, it explains the most important basic findings and procedures in the area, and how it has developed since the first publications of Darwin and Wallace 150 years ago.

About the Author

Brian Charlesworth is Royal Society Research Professor at the Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology, University of Edinburgh, and President of the Society for the Study Evolution. His research is mainly in evolutionary genetics, applying classical and molecular genetics to the study of evolution and natural variation. He is author of Evolution in Age-Structured Populations (CUP, 2nd edn. 1994) Deborah Charlesworth is Professor in the ICABP at Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the evolution of plant breeding systems, including how they avoid inbreeding, and work on sex chromosomes and self-incompatibility.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Processes of Evolution

3. The Evidence for Evolution: Similarities and Differences Between Organisms

4. The Evidence for Evolution: Patterns in Time and Space

5. Adaptation and Natural Selection

6. The Formation and Divergence of Species

7. Some Difficult Problems

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780192802514
Author:
Charlesworth, Brian
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Charlesworth, Deborah
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
General
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences | Evolutionary Biology
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Copyright:
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Series Volume:
107-715
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 halftones and line illus.
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
7.10x4.42x.39 in. .31 lbs.

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