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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I read this as someone with a Ph.D. in philosophy with special interests in the frontiers between philosophy and science. Read morePublished 11 days ago by John Mooney
The book arrived in the condition specified. So far it has been an interesting read. Not nearly finished yet.Published 3 months ago by Daniel Cloutier
It's been a long time since I took college biology courses so I had to refer to the glossary on occasion but I do have a good science and biology background so that helped, but it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nature Lady
This is the definitive introductory guide to evolution, written for any non-technical person and complete in its summation. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R. Mutt
I've read many pop science books about evolution, and this is one of the worst. It is just very lazily written. Read morePublished 12 months 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 16 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 on October 1, 2012 by Jake Gay