Evolutionary Analysis

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Prentice Hall, 2001 - Evolution (Biology) - 704 pages
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Designed to help readers learn how to "think" like evolutionary biologists, this 4-color book approaches evolutionary biology as a dynamic field of inquiry and as a "process." Using a theme-based approach, it illustrates the interplay between theory, observation, testing and interpretation. It offers commentary on strengths and weaknesses of data sets, gives detailed examples rather than a broad synoptic approach, includes many data graphics and boxes regarding both sides of controversies. Introduces each major organizing theme in evolution through a question--e.g., How has HIV become drug resistant? Why did the dinosaurs, after dominating the land vertebrates for 150 million years, suddenly go extinct? Are humans more closely related to gorillas or to chimpanzees? Focuses on many applied, reader-relevant topics--e.g., evolution and human health, the evolution of senescence, sexual selection, social behavior, eugenics, and biodiversity and conservation. Then develops the strategies that evolutionary biologists use for finding an answers to such questions. Then considers the observations and experiments that test the predictions made by competing hypotheses, and discusses how the data are interpreted. For anyone interested in human evolution, including those working in human and animal health care, environmental management and conservation, primary and secondary education, science journalism, and biological and medical research.

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User Review  - Linda Munro - Goodreads

This was a suggested reading for a course in an introduction to evolution and genetics that I am taking through coursera.org. Although it is a rather large book, it seemed like approximately half of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Drew Crownover - Goodreads

Beautiful comprehensive study of evolution. Clear, easy-to-read text, with plenty of charts, diagrams, pictures, etc. I didn't major in biology, and it had been at least ten years since I'd sat through a science course, but I found this textbook extremely understandable. Read full review


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Scott Freeman is the author of "Midnight Riders: The Story of the Allman Brothers Band," He has received more than two dozen awards for his journalism, including two nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a senior editor at "Atlanta Magazine,"

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