Evolution: A Very Short Introduction
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DescriptionThis book covers the crucial role of evolutionary biology in transforming our view of human origins and relation to the universe, and its impact on traditional philosophy and religion. Furthermore, it explains the most important basic findings and procedures in the area, and how it has developed since the first publications of Darwin and Wallace 150 years ago.
- Introduces in a clear and concise way the most important basic findings and procedures of evolutionary biology
- Looks at the evidence for evolution, eg the fossil record, the distribution of species, the similarities and differences between organisms
- A section at the end looks at the seemingly difficult problems for the theory of evolution
- Explains adaptation and natural selection
- Essential for school and undergraduate students studying evolution
About the Author(s)
Brian Charlesworth is Royal Society Research Professor at the Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology, University of Edinburgh, and President of the Society for the Study Evolution. His research is mainly in evolutionary genetics, applying classical and molecular genetics to the study of evolution and natural variation. He is author of Evolution in Age-Structured Populations (CUP, 2nd edn. 1994) Deborah Charlesworth is Professor in the ICABP at Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the evolution of plant breeding systems, including how they avoid inbreeding, and work on sex chromosomes and self-incompatibility.