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Evolutionary Analysis Hardcover – January 7, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0132275842 ISBN-10: 0132275848 Edition: 4th

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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 4th edition (January 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132275848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132275842
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loose leaf version of the book is great.
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The material is well laid out and concepts are explained with a variety of charts/graphs as well as descriptions of real-life experiments conducted by researchers.
Shelby Jones
This book was required for me for an upper level Evolutionary Biology course, but it was very easy and interesting to read.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By GPC on April 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have used all three earlier editions of this text for my undergraduate 'Evolution' course (I am a college Professor of Biology) and have witnessed the various changes made over the years. The new version has updated much of the information on molecular evolution; the authors should be commended for their very thorough literature review. With the veritable explosion of research into evolutionary phenomena, this must be difficult indeed! The initial chapter on HIV still remains a wonderful introduction to your typically "human oriented" undergraduate and serves to generate interest in the topic early on. The phlogeny/evolutionary tree chapter was moved earlier to the "Introduction" part of the text; not sure why this was done. It was also nice to finally see mention made of reaction norms in the 'Adaptation' chapter (at last!), but there are still no examples of phenotypic plasticity from the vast botanical literature. The 'Evolution and Human Health' chapter is excellent for the medical student. Rather oddly, the important topic of speciation is near the book's end (Chapter 16) and glosses over the many fine examples from the plant evolution literature (polyploid speciation is virtually ignored, except for two paragraphs on p.159). My students are fascinated by the 'evolution of wheat' story, but don't look for that example of speciation here.

My primary complaint with this, and the preceding editions, is still the overwhelming amount of extraneous detail. How I wish I could use my editorial hand on this one! Does an undergraduate student really need over 20 pages on linkage disequilibrium? Are the final details of QTL mapping really necessary at this level of student education? Do we really need 4 pages on the 'fallacy' of the bell-curve (interesting advanced topic, but...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelby Jones on May 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was the text chosen for my 300-level biology/evolution course, and I found it to be easy to read and comprehend. The material is well laid out and concepts are explained with a variety of charts/graphs as well as descriptions of real-life experiments conducted by researchers. There were a couple of sections that our professor chose to omit because they were a bit too detailed for the scope of the book and difficult to understand for a student encountering it at such a low level (specifically the area on human evolution found from 745-755). All in all it was a great resource for the class, and helped solidify what was discussed in the lecture. I have owned two texts by Scott Freeman and have been impressed twice so far! I don't think you can go wrong with Evolutionary Analysis.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fiendship Fun on May 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great book, easy to read, content is straight to the point and interesting. I think most biology majors understand a huge downfall of science texts is the rambling authors get caught up in when talking about their field, not this one. Or maybe I really enjoyed it I didn't notice. This text was paired with Darwin's On The Origins of Species for my class, which was quite complimentary to each other. I would have kept it if I didn't need the money!

PS: Read about the Masked Boobies- so evil!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pitbullguy on August 1, 2011
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Used this book in an Evolutionary Mechanisms class. It has alot of great information and case studies. It really peaked my curiosity into evolution and the examples are substantial. This book is a must for any evolution class period. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because some of the case studies are long winded. My teachers and I talked about the book and we agreed on the case studies being somewhat long but the book is still great.
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By whk on July 14, 2014
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Book was not in the of conditions
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By Javamon86 on April 26, 2014
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Very biased towards human/mammalian evolution. There is not adequate mention of plants in my opinion. If you have to have it for a class it is decent enough. If you are interested in self-learning I would move on. Too wordy and unclear in most of the book and lackin in scope.
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By mweber on March 18, 2014
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My professor actually used the book very well for the class that I was in. I would reccomend this book to aspiring evolutionary biologists!
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Currently I am reading this for a 400 level class at the university that one of the professors who wrote the book teaches at. I'm guessing that is the primary reason we are reading this text. So far, it is readable, but there is so much extraneous information, and not enough basic information. Generally when I see a bolded word I expect that sentence before or after to give the definition. In this book I find that the explanations of the words in context aren't enough, and I have to go to the glossary to get an actual, working explanation of the word. However, on the margins there are some (generally) excellent condensations of information in the adjacent paragraphs which help you grab the main concepts. Overall, it feels a little sloppy, like it's focused too much on examples and information overload instead of working on the basics and just supplementing with examples. But, if you're like me, it's a required text, and you can't really choose if you'll read this book or not.
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