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Evolutionary Analysis 4th Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 45 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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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Holyoak on March 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
EVOLUTIONARY ANALYSIS (2nd ed) by Freeman and Herron hits the mark for an evolution text for the undergarduate student. It's not so thick that it's intimidating, but the contents cover the basics of evolutionary biology without being watered down.
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
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CJ foote on April 24, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Looking at the price of this book you might precieve it as a bit expensive but don't be decieved. If you are taking an evolution course or just want to know about evolution, this is the easiest and most comprehensive read you can get. It has comprehensive chapters with page and chapter summeries and loads of examples. It made my course more enjoyable having it. If you're taking a course with this book, buy it. If you're taking another evolution course that deals with many concepts of evolution and even touches on the mathematics of the book and read it.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to have quite a few flaws. I felt that it spent too long on some points and not enough on others. It beat cladograms to death... And didn't ever focus on Paedomorphosis. It had hte most dissapointing index and glossary i have yet had in my biology career. It was however, quite good in the origins of life and other areas - a brief overview of HOX/HOM genes. I also felt too much time was spent on Punnet squares and Mendel; these being more of a facet of genetics.
Overall it was ok, but not as good as i would have liked.
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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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