Mayr, emeritus professor of zoology at Harvard University, has long been one of the world's foremost researchers in genetic and evolutionary theory. In this overview of past and current scientific thought, he discusses key concepts and terms, among them the origin of species, the (somewhat metaphorical) "struggle for existence," and agents of micro- and macroevolution. Somewhat against the grain, he argues against reduction and for the study of evolution at the phenotypic, not genetic, level. In his concluding pages, Mayr offers a careful overview of human evolution, adding his view that humankind is indeed unique--though "it has not yet completed the transition from quadrupedal to bipedal life in all of its structures."
Advanced students of the life sciences, as well as readers looking for a survey of current evolutionary theory, will find Mayr's book a useful companion. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is the definitive introductory guide to evolution, written for any non-technical person and complete in its summation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Bergevin
I've read many pop science books about evolution, and this is one of the worst. It is just very lazily written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Papa Legba
Perhaps I'm jaded by reading too many books on this subject, but I didn't find much new here. Still, Mayr, as one of the giants of the field is worth having in your library.Published 5 months ago by M. Theriot
If you are in your teens or early-to-mid 20's and are reading this review, you are lucky. This book has to be one of the best books on biological evolution. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jake Gay
I am going into my second year of college and my major is biology based. I thought I would pick up this book to learn more on evolution as I assume I will be seeing much of it... Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Jeff
This book is not a scientific monograph and it is not a great contribution to the evolutionary science. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Maxim Vinarskiy
Mayr should have stopped (writing) when he was ahead. This was a very disappointing book. It's not that it needed better editing, which it did, but it needed better writing to... Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by owlhead64
Ernst Mayr was one of the leading evolutionary biologists of the last century. He lived to be a hundred years old and was well into his nineties when he wrote this book, showing... Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by P. Webster
Ernst Mayr is widely recognized as the biologist most responsible for shaping the modern synthesis of genetics and evolutionary theory. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by Jeremy Mohn