- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; First Edition (1st printing) edition (February 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674031938
- ISBN-13: 978-0674031937
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,344,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mermaid's Tale: Four Billion Years of Cooperation in the Making of Living Things First Edition (1st printing) Edition
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As an attempt to replace the dominant selectionist paradigm, The Mermaid's Tale is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows among evolutionary biologists. At the very least, it ought to make them think very hard--as they should--about entertaining alternatives to our current received wisdom. (Ian Tattersall, Curator in the Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History)
About the Author
Kenneth M. Weiss is Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology and Genetics, Pennsylvania State University.
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Weiss and Buchanan have written an elementary introduction to evolutionary and developmental biology that is not suited for the classroom, but rather for casual reading by the intelligent layperson. Their claim to fame is that it stresses cooperation rather than competition, and development as well as evolution. The book is beauitifully produced and nicely written. The figures are instructive, and it gets away without any serious genetics or population dynamics.
Would more anthropologists and policy makers read this...
This book explains the "eco/devo/evo perspective," a perspective that not only is certain to be discussed by scholars for quite some time but also is certain to make you think about your own research in a whole new light.
The information is easily accessible but doesn't skimp on content, making it a must-read for non-academics, graduate students, and professionals alike.