What Darwin Got Wrong
Paperback ISBN: 031268066x
With a New Afterword What Darwin Got Wrong is a remarkable book, one that dares to challenge the theory of natural selection as an explanation for how evolution works--a devastating critique not in the name of religion but in the name of good science. Combining the results of cutting-edge work in experimental biology with crystal-clear philosophical arguments, Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini mount a reasoned and convincing assault on the central tenets of Darwin’s account of the origin of species. This is a concise argument that will transform the debate about evolution and move us beyond the false dilemma of being either for natural selection or against science.
Where Do We Come From?
The Molecular Evidence for Human Descent
Paperback ISBN: 3642076459
From the moment we first began to contemplate the world, three questions have occupied our minds: Where do we come from?, What are we?, and Where are we going? Artists, religious thinkers, philosophers, and most recently scientists have all searched for answers. Here, the authors describe how scientists decipher human origin from the record encrypted in the DNA and protein molecules. After explaining the nature of descent and the methods available for studying genealogical relationships, they summarize the information revealed by the molecular archives. In doing so, they draw conclusions about our identity, our place in the living world, and our future.
Why Evolution Is True
Paperback ISBN: 0143116649
"Coyne's knowledge of evolutionary biology is prodigious, his deployment of it as masterful as his touch is light." -Richard Dawkins In the current debate about creationism and intelligent design, there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned-the evidence. Yet the proof of evolution by natural selection is vast, varied, and magnificent. In this succinct and accessible summary of the facts supporting the theory of natural selection, Jerry A. Coyne dispels common misunderstandings and fears about evolution and clearly confirms the scientific truth that supports this amazing process of change. Weaving together the many threads of modern work in genetics, paleontology, geology, molecular biology, and anatomy that demonstrate the "indelible stamp" of the processes first proposed by Darwin, Why Evolution Is True does not aim to prove creationism wrong. Rather, by using irrefutable evidence, it sets out to prove evolution right.
The Science Behind Mating in the Animal Kingdom
Paperback ISBN: 1681775107
A brilliantly engaging guide to the reproductive habits of creatures great and small, based on the author’s popular webseries "Wild Sex," which has received over 14 million views
The Epic Journey from Adolescence to Adulthood in Humans and Other Animals
Hardcover ISBN: 1501164694
A biologist and a science journalist focus on the similarities shared by adolescents across different species as they navigate their way through adolescence in this follow-up to their best-selling Zoobiquity. 100,000 first printing. Illustrations.
Written in Stone
Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
Paperback ISBN: 1934137294
Highly instructive . . . a warm, intelligent yeoman’s guide to the progress of life.”Kirkus Reviews Magisterial . . . part historical account, part scientific detective story. Switek’s elegant prose and thoughtful scholarship will change the way you see life on our planet. This book marks the debut of an important new voice.”Neil Shubin Elegantly and engagingly crafted, Brian Switek’s narrative interweaves stories and characters not often encountered in books on paleontologyat once a unique, informative and entertaining read.”Niles Eldredge If you want to read one book to get up to speed on evolution, read Written in Stone. Brian Switek’s clear and compelling book is full of fascinating stories about how scientists have read the fossil record to trace the evolution of life on Earth.”Ann Gibbons [Switek's] accounts of dinosaurs, birds, whales, and our own primate ancestors are not just fascinating for their rich historical detail, but also for their up-to-date reporting on paleontology’s latest discoveries.”Carl Zimmer "After reading this book, you will have a totally new context in which to interpret the evolutionary history of amphibians, mammals, whales, elephants, horses, and especially humans.”Donald R. Prothero "Laelaps by Brian Switek: Brilliant writing about paleontology and evolution."Times Online, Eureka's Top 30 Science Blogs Spectacular fossil finds make today's headlines; new technology unlocks secrets of skeletons unearthed a hundred years ago. Still, evolution is often poorly represented by the media and misunderstood by the public. A potent antidote to pseudoscience, Written in Stone is an engrossing history of evolutionary discovery for anyone who has marveled at the variety and richness of life.