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The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease (Vintage)
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease (Vintage)
by Daniel Lieberman
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In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over... (read more)

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Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Vintage)
Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (Vintage)
by Neil Shubin
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Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New AfterwordWhy do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the “fish with hands,” tells the story of our bodies as you've... (read more)

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Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes
Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes
by Svante Paabo
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What can we learn from the genomes of our closest evolutionary relatives? Neanderthal Man tells the story of geneticist Svante Pääbo's mission to answer this question, and recounts his ultimately successful efforts to genetically define what... (read more)

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The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition With a New Introduction by the Author
The Selfish Gene: 30th Anniversary Edition With a New Introduction by the Author
by Richard Dawkins
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Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the... (read more)

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The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life
The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life
by Alan de Queiroz
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Could a frog hitch a ride on some debris and float to another continent? Could a monkey cross the Atlantic unassisted? Biologist Alan de Queiroz presents a provocative investigation of the ways in which species may have dispersed throughout the world via... (read more)

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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
by Jonathan Weiner
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not... (read more)

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The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions
by David Quammen
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David Quammen's book, The Song of the Dodo, is a brilliant, stirring work, breathtaking in its scope, far-reaching in its message -- a crucial book in precarious times, which radically alters the way in which we understand the natural world and our place... (read more)

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The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design
The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design
by Richard Dawkins
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Twenty years after its original publication, The Blind Watchmaker, framed with a new introduction by the author, is as prescient and timely a book as ever. The watchmaker belongs to the eighteenth-century theologian William Paley, who argued that just as... (read more)

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The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body
The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body
by Neil Shubin
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A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year In The Universe Within, Neil Shubin reveals the connection between the evolution of the cosmos and the evolution of the human body.   Just as the history of the earth is written in the rocks, so too... (read more)

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The Diversity of Life (Questions of Science)
The Diversity of Life (Questions of Science)
by Edward O Wilson
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This resource provides students with review materials for each chapter.... (read more)

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Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom
by Sean B. Carroll
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'Evo Devo is evolutionary developmental biology, the third revolution in evolutionary biology. The first was marked by the publication of The Origin of Species. The second occurred in the early twentieth century, when Darwin\'s theories were merged with... (read more)

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The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
The Structure of Evolutionary Theory
by Stephen Jay Gould
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Honorable Mention, 2002 Association of American Publishers PSP Award, Biological Science... (read more)

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Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
by Richard Fortey
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice "Extraordinary. . . . Anyone with the slightest interest in biology should read this book."--The New York Times Book Review "A marvelous museum of the past four billion years on earth--capacious,... (read more)

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An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist
by Richard Dawkins
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With the 2006 publication of The God Delusion, the name Richard Dawkins became a byword for ruthless skepticism and "brilliant, impassioned, articulate, impolite" debate (San Francisco Chronicle). his first memoir offers a more personal view. His... (read more)

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Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species
Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species
by Sean B Carroll
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An award-winning biologist takes us on the dramatic expeditions that unearthed the history of life on our planet.   Just 150 years ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vague and vastly off the mark, and much... (read more)

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The Social Conquest of Earth
The Social Conquest of Earth
by Edward Osborne Wilson
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Sparking vigorous debate in the sciences, The Social Conquest of Earth upends “the famous theory that evolution naturally encourages creatures to put family first” (Discover). Refashioning the story of human evolution, Wilson draws on his... (read more)

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The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change
The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change
by Stephen R Palumbi
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Evolution is not merely the process that ruled the rise and fall of the dinosaurs over hundreds of millions of years. It also happens rapidly, so quickly and so frequently that it changes how all of us live our lives. Drugs fail because diseases like HIV... (read more)

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The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
by Richard Dawkins
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In works such as The Selfish Gene and Unweaving the Rainbow, the renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has—with unparalleled wit, clarity, and intelligence—introduced countless readers to the wonders of modern biology. Now, in The... (read more)

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Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life
by Daniel C Dennett
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In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of andlt;Iandgt;The Boston Globeandlt;/Iandgt; calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet," focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of... (read more)

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Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live
Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live
by Marlene Zuk
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An exposé of pseudoscientific myths about our evolutionary past and how we should live today. We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to sprint barefoot rather than play football — or did we?... (read more)

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