Evolution For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 2011 - Science - 362 pages
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Today, most colleges and universities offer evolutionary study as part of their biology curriculums. Evolution For Dummies will track a class in which evolution is taught and give an objective scientific view of the subject. This balanced guide explores the history and future of evolution, explaining the concepts and science behind it, offering case studies that support it, and comparing evolution with rival theories of creation, such as intelligent design. It also will identify the signs of evolution in the world around us and explain how this theory affects our everyday lives and the future to come.
  

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Review: Evolution For Dummies (For Dummies (Math & Science))

User Review  - Judson - Goodreads

Was great at explaining a complex concept in an easy to understand form. Also was written well and never felt boring like many textbooks. Read full review

Review: Evolution For Dummies (For Dummies (Math & Science))

User Review  - Hannah Givens - Goodreads

The information in this book was really useful. I'd been poking around the internet looking for stuff, but not really finding what I needed -- I kept thinking, ďSomebody explain this to me like I'm an ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
What Evolution Is and Why You Need to Know
9
The Science Past and Present of Evolution
23
Getting into Your Genes Very Basic Genetics
39
How Evolution Works
57
Natural Selection and Adaptations in Action
73
Random Evolution and Genetic Drift
85
Quantitative Genetics When Many Genes Act at Once
99
Evolution and Sex
183
Coevolution The Evolution of Interacting Species
205
EvoDevo The Evolution of Development
219
Molecular Evolution
233
Evolution and Your World
249
The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance
269
HIV The Origin and Evolution of a Virus
283
Influenza One Flu Two Flu Your Flu Bird Flu
297

Species and Speciation
111
Phylogenetics Reconstructing the Tree of Life
125
A How To Guide
134
What Evolution Does
145
Units of Selection and the Evolution of Social Behavior
167
Ten Fascinating Fossil Finds
317
Ten Amazing Adaptations
327
Ten Arguments against Evolution and Why Theyre Wrong
335
Index
345
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Dr. Greg Krukonis: Greg Kukonis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Stanford University. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor of biology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Tracy Barr: Tracy Barr is a professional writer and editor who has authored or co-authored several other books for Wiley, including Adoption For Dummies, Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies, Yorkshire Terriers For Dummies, and Latin For Dummies. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four children.

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