Why Evolution Is True

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Penguin, Jan 22, 2009 - Science - 304 pages
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"Coyne's knowledge of evolutionary biology is prodigious, his deployment of it as masterful as his touch is light." -Richard Dawkins

In the current debate about creationism and intelligent design, there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned-the evidence. Yet the proof of evolution by natural selection is vast, varied, and magnificent. In this succinct and accessible summary of the facts supporting the theory of natural selection, Jerry A. Coyne dispels common misunderstandings and fears about evolution and clearly confirms the scientific truth that supports this amazing process of change. Weaving 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, Why Evolution Is True does not aim to prove creationism wrong. Rather, by using irrefutable evidence, it sets out to prove evolution right.
 

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User Review  - LisCarey - LibraryThing

This is a pretty good, and comprehensive, discussion of the evidence for evolution, in ways we don't always get it in reports of the latest new findings and the conclusions that scientists have ... Read full review

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User Review  - larryerick - LibraryThing

Very early into this book, I felt it was a bit too much like a classroom textbook for my taste, but it quickly transitioned into a master class taught by the best of teachers. It's overflowing with ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Written in the Rocks
Vestiges Embryos and Bad Design
The Geography of Life
The Engine of Evolution
How Sex Drives Evolution
The Origin of Species
What About
Evolution Redux
Glossary
Illustration Credits
Copyright

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Jerry A. Coyne is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, where he specialized in evolutionary genetics. He is also the author of Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible.

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