Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Science - 350 pages
76 Reviews
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 the study of genetics. Now the insights of Evo Devo are astonishing the biology world by showing how the endless forms of animals—butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans, are made and evolved.

Perhaps the most surprising finding of Evo Devo is the discovery that a small number of primitive genes led to the formation of fundamental organs and appendages in all animal forms. The gene that causes humans to form arms and legs is the same gene that causes birds and insects to form wings, and fish to form fins; similarly, one ancient gene has led to the creation of eyes across the animal kingdom. Changes in the way this ancient tool kit of genes is used have created all the diversity that surrounds us.

Sean Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure—he is the acknowledged leader of the field, and his seminal discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
37
4 stars
18
3 stars
17
2 stars
4
1 star
0

Caroll is a science writer, so is easy to understand. - Goodreads
Easy to read and yet doesn't skimp on the science. - Goodreads
But I think I gained a lot of insight anyway. - Goodreads
The diagrams and pictures are clear and informative. - Goodreads
But the writing still brings me back to 3 stars. - Goodreads
... and with so much less insight! - Goodreads

Review: Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

This is the text from a blog post that I wrote in November 2005 when I read this book. I have a background in physics, including a Ph.D., 20 years of research experience, and 10 years of university ... Read full review

Review: Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

User Review  - Ivy Catherine - Goodreads

"Under relentless human assault, nature's forms most beautiful are not endless, nor are the most beautiful being spared... .... Science can solve all the world's problem, but ignorance of science, or denial of its fact is courting doom." Read full review

Contents

II
1
III
15
IV
17
V
37
VI
53
VII
81
VIII
109
IX
133
XII
167
XIII
197
XIV
221
XV
249
XVI
281
XVII
307
XVIII
329
XIX
333

XI
137

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

Organic Computing
Rolf P. Würtz
Limited preview - 2008
All Book Search results »

About the author (2005)

Sean B. Carroll is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bibliographic information