Why Evolution is True

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Penguin, 2009 - Science - 282 pages
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Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact

In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design," there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned-the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection. Even Richard Dawkins and Stephen Jay Gould, while extolling the beauty of evolution and examining case studies, have not focused on the evidence itself. Yet the proof is vast, varied, and magnificent, drawn from many different fields of science. Scientists are observing species splitting into two and are finding more and more fossils capturing change in the past-dinosaurs that have sprouted feathers, fish that have grown limbs.

Why Evolution Is True weaves together the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the "indelible stamp" of the processes first proposed by Darwin. In crisp, lucid prose accessible to a wide audience, Why Evolution Is True dispels common misunderstandings and fears about evolution and clearly confirms that this amazing process of change has been firmly established as a scientific truth.

  

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Pros and Cons Pros 1. Coyne gives one of the simplest explanations of evolutionary theory you can find. The basic explanation is about "natural selection." The concept is quite simple. Evolution ... Read full review

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It's difficult to rate this book. It's well written and the format of the book is very reader-friendly. There are helpful illustrations and a glossary and an annotated bibliography. The problem is the ... Read full review

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Contents

Written in the Rocks
20
Vestiges Embryos and Bad Design
55
The Geography of Life
86
The Engine of Evolution
111
How Sex Drives Evolution
144
The Origin of Species
168
What About Us?
190
Evolution Redux
221
Notes
235
Suggestions for Further Reading
251
Illustration Credits
271
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Jerry A. Coyne has been a professor at the University of Chicago in the department of ecology and evolution for twenty years. He specializes in evolutionary genetics and works predominantly on the origin of new species. He is a regular contributor to The New Republic, the Times Literary Supplement, and other publications.

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