The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

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Vintage, 1995 - Evolution (Biology) - 332 pages
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For all that has been said and written about it, evolution has always been - necessarily - theoretical, a matter of fossils demonstrating slow change over many millenia. But, for 20 years, in a continuing study, biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant have been observing the various species of finches on a tiny volcanic island in the Galapagos. They now claim that they have actually seen evolution taking place before their eyes. This book tells the Grants' story, and describes how their findings have led scientists into further study of evolution.

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User Review  - JBD1 - LibraryThing

A well-written look at contemporary evolutionary scholarship, mostly focused on the long-running detailed studies of Galapagos finches, but extending to work on guppies and moths and bacterial ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

Interesting read, yet I plodded my way through the first 250 pages. Hmmm. Perhaps I just needed to get to the Big Picture outlined in the last 50 pages (i.e., what it all means in the present and for ... Read full review

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