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Spanning evolutionary technological know-how from its inception to its most recent findings, from discoveries and knowledge to philosophy and background, this e-book is the main whole, authoritative, and welcoming one-volume creation to evolutionary biology on hand. transparent, informative, and entire in scope, Evolution opens with a chain of significant essays facing the heritage and philosophy of evolutionary biology, with significant empirical and theoretical questions within the technological know-how, from speciation to version, from paleontology to evolutionary improvement (evo devo), and concluding with essays at the social and political value of evolutionary biology this present day.
A moment encyclopedic part travels the spectrum of subject matters in evolution with concise, informative, and obtainable entries on participants from Aristotle and Linneaus to Louis Leakey and Jean Lamarck; from T. H. Huxley and E. O. Wilson to Joseph Felsenstein and Motoo Kimura; and on topics from altruism and amphibians to evolutionary psychology and Piltdown guy to the Scopes trial and social Darwinism. Readers will locate the most recent be aware at the heritage and philosophy of evolution, the nuances of the technological know-how itself, and the complicated interaction between evolutionary learn, faith, philosophy, and society.
showing first and foremost of the Darwin yr of 2009—the two hundredth anniversary of the start of Charles Darwin and the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the ebook of the Origin of Species—this quantity is a becoming tribute to the technology Darwin set in motion.
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