- Hardcover: 800 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 4th edition (January 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0132275848
- ISBN-13: 978-0132275842
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evolutionary Analysis 4th Edition
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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...Read more ›
The authors address topics of current interest (e.g., the evolution of HIV in Chapter 1) in drawing the student into the conversation about what evolution is, how it happens, and how you can demonstrate that it is happening.
Major sections of the book include the following:
1) An introduction to evolution: the HIV story, evidence for evolution, natural selection...
2) Mechanisms of evolutionary change: mutation, genetic drift, genetics, etc...
3) Adaptation: sexual selection, kin selection, social behavior, life history factors...
4) The History of Life: mechanisms of speciation, reconstructing evolutionary trees, origins and evolution of life through human evolution...
5) Current Research in Evolutionary Biology: development and evolution (a field that's really gaining momentum these days), molecular evolution, evolution and human health...
The authors touch all the important bases in this introductory text on evolution. The organization of material is logical, the tone is professional without being overbearing, there are many understandable examples, and the illustrations are excellent. Because of those factors, this new book appears to be a great text to teach from. There are wonderful reference texts out there about evolution, but most of them are not easy to teach or learn from. This book, however, helps students to learn, and provides ample material for instructors to use.
This is now my top choice for a textbook in evolution. This book is definitely worth 5 stars!
I hope this review was helpful to you.
Alan Holyoak, Dept of Biology, Manchester College, IN
It elucidates on: How we know evolution is true,It addresses evidence (pictures of reserved animals in fossilized state) , mutation,allele,and everything related too biology and evolution.My favorite part of this book is,it gives great,well,detailed explanation.you will understand every concept because it gives evidence ,evidence bolster every statement. I love this book . Buy it ,don't hesitate!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Came in time, great conditions and even greater price! Definitely satisfiedPublished 7 months ago by Bryan Perez
A "must have" text book for everybody who wants to understand how evolutionary biologist work, and for teacher and undergrad biologist students.Published 14 months ago by Pamella Brennand