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Evolution in Action: Natural History Through Spectacular Skeletons. Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu and Patrick Gries Hardcover – September 1, 2011
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- Item Weight : 3.31 pounds
- Hardcover : 424 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0500515980
- ISBN-13 : 978-0500515983
- Dimensions : 7.13 x 1.65 x 9.8 inches
- Publisher : Thames & Hudson; 2nd Revised edition (September 1, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #905,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evolution here is so well explained graphically and verbally that it is a concept all ages can grasp.
most stunning though is the photography
An excellent book that I keep looking into many times.
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The chapters of 'Evolution in Action' are divided into 6 sections:
1) Architecture (skeletal form)
2) The Birth of Species
3) Seduction & Selection
4) Evolutionary Tinkering
5) The Power of the Environment
6) Evolution and time
Each chapter uses B&W photos of skeletons to expound an aspect of evolution, relating to the species illustrated. This really is a case for a picture being worth a thousand words: The glossy paper that makes the book heavy is put to optimal effect in capturing explicit anatomical details.
Apart from teaching evolution by skeletal comparisons and vestiges, there is also a secondary narrative woven into the narrative - historical objection to common ancestry on religious grounds. Panafieu shows himself to be well up to both tasks, deftly expounding skeletal details, whilst charting the general enlightenment of mankind.
I would say this is a fairly unique publication, the product quality and author's specialist knowledge make it very good value. The most similar books (I have also read) are the equally excellent 'Inside Nature's Giants' - a CH4 production, and 'The Ancestor's Tale' - one of Richard Dawkins finest. Buy this if you seek wide ranging evolutionary instruction, unravelled in photographic format.