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5.0 out of 5 stars Positively Brilliant, June 2, 2000
This review is from: The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time (Paperback)
Weiner's The Beak of the Finch is a positively brilliant work on the topic of evolution. A great introduction for the student of evolutionary biology, or the layman. Weiner's book destroys two of the greatest myths about evolution. 1. It's slow. 2. It can't be observed. The study of the Galapagos Finches not only proves the importance of evolution as a contemporary subject but as one that can be observed RIGHT NOW in the world around us. It's almost astonishing to see how simple evolution truly is, how it occurs in quantifiable baby steps that we can see, if we only take the time to carefully observe. Weiner not only demystifies evolution, but makes it as a topic, thoroughly accessible to the interested layman. His prose is neither dry nor technical and in fact, makes for quite an enjoyable read. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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Initial post: Feb 15, 2008 10:39:07 PM PST
M. Knight says:
Actually, evolution is generally slow. What is demonstrated in this book is catastrophism (the drought), and how life can rapidly change based on a drastic event. It is not a good example of evolution, even though it may be a good book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2009 8:37:11 AM PDT
F. Felix says:
This is seriously splitting hairs. Are you a geologist or a sly creationist?

"Puntuated equilibrium" is the more accurate term for rapid biological response to dramatic environmental shifts. This is a broadly-accepted form of evolutionary change, which can lead to cladogenesis [separated populations splitting into two different species].
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