Evolution: Principles and Processes

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, Aug 24, 2011 - Science - 442 pages
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If you want to know whether evolution is a science, how life began, what Charles Darwin really said about evolution, why a fungus is more closely related to humans than to a plant, how experiments in evolution can be carried out, why birds are flying dinosaurs, how we manipulate the evolution of other species, and if you want a clear treatment of the processes that result in evolution, then this is the book for you! Written for those with a minimal science background, Evolution: Principles and Processes provides a concise introduction of evolutionary topics for the one-term course. Using an engaging writing style and a wealth of full-color illustrations, Hall covers all topics from the origin of universe, Earth, the origin of life, and on to how humans influence the evolution of other species. He brings together the principles and processes that explain evolutionary change and discusses the patterns of life that have resulted from the operation of evolution over the past 3.5 billion years. This overview, coupled with numerous case studies and examples, helps readers understand and truly appreciate the origin and diversity of life.
  

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Contents

Science and Evolution as Science
1
Origins
17
Darwin Wallace Natural Selection and Inheritance
68
The Universal Tree of Life
136
Principles and Processes of Evolution
210
On the Nature and Origin of Species
299
Human Origins and Evolution
374
Glossary
1
Lexicon of Key Terms Concepts Principles Processes and Groups of Organisms
23
Additional Reading
41
Index
43
Photo Acknowledgments
57
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