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- Print Length: 196 pages
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- Publication Date: March 24, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004TS0PQS
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As to the book itself: Historical importance cannot be overstated, but it is extremely long, goes into great detail (e.g. sexual selection described for the entire animal kingdom, phylum by phylum and class by class), and often takes very long circumlocutions to describe what we now know to be hormone effects, recessive genes, and sex-linked genes. It is awe-inspiring that he could figure it out at all, writing pre-Mendel and with no data at all on the actual mechanism of mutation and inheritance, but I'd suggest this one only for hard-core biologists (in which case you probably want the 99-cent illustrated version if not a hard copy). For more casual students who like to read the original great works, I recommend sticking with Origin of the Species, which is much shorter and more selective in the number of cases he cites.
Also, be warned: There are a handful of lines, sometimes on "civilized" and "savage" races, in one case (quoted from another author) on the Scottish and Irish, that are by modern standards staggeringly racist.