Ever Since Darwin
Reflections in Natural History
Paperback ISBN: 0393308189
Stephen Jay Gould reexamines Darwin's theory in light of the findings of modern evolutionary biology and shows the ways in which biological theories have been concocted to justify social ills
The Making of the Fittest
DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution
Paperback ISBN: 0393330516
A geneticist and author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful discusses the role of DNA in the evolution of life on Earth, explaining how an analysis of DNA reveals a complete record of the events that have shaped each species and how it provides evidence of the validity of the theory of evolution. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
The Ancestor's Tale
A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
Paperback ISBN: 061861916x
A renowned scientist and author of The Selfish Gene provides a sweeping chronicle of more than four billion years of life on Earth, shedding new light on evolutionary theory and history, sexual selection, speciation, convergent evolution, extinction, genetics, plate tectonics, geographical dispersal, and other topics. Reprint.
The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal
Paperback ISBN: 0060984031
A renowned scientist examines the less than two percent of human genes that distinguish us from chimpanzees and that link human behaviors--such as genocide, drug addiction, and the extermination of other species--to our animal predecessors
The Selfish Gene
3rd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0199291152
Offering an exposition of evolutionary thought, this book articulates a gene's eye view of evolution - a view giving centre stage to persistent units of information, and in which organisms can be seen as vehicles for their replication. Bringing insights of Neo-Darwinism, it aims to galvanize the biology community and generate much debate.
Darwin's Lost World
The Hidden History of Animal Life
Paperback ISBN: 0199548986
It greatly puzzled Darwin that the most ancient rocks, those dating before the Cambrian period, seemed to be barren of fossils when he would expect them to be teeming with life. Decades of work by modern paleontologists have indeed brought us amazing fossils from far beyond the Cambrian, from the depths of the Precambrian. Yet hidden in these depths is a great mystery--something happened around the Cambrian to dramatically speed up evolution and produce many of the early forms of animals we know today--and scientists don't really know what provided that spark. In this vibrantly written book, Martin Brasier, a leading paleontologist working on early life, takes us into the deep, dark ages of the Precambrian to explore Darwin's Lost World. Brasier is a master storyteller. As he explains what we now know of the strange creatures of these truly ancient times--540 million years ago--he takes readers to many far flung places around the globe, interweaving an engaging account of cutting-edge science with colorful and amusing anecdotes from his expeditions to Siberia, Outer Mongolia, and other remote places. As he shows, decoding the evidence in these ancient rocks--piecing together the puzzle of the Cambrian Explosion--is very challenging work. What they have discovered is that, just at the beginning of the Cambrian period, animals (mostly worms) began burrowing into the mud. Why they suddenly began burrowing, and how this might have changed the atmosphere, may be important clues to the mystery. Brasier gives his own take on the emerging answers, as one of the leading players in the field. A richly readable account of exciting expeditions and leading-edge science, Darwin's Lost World is a must-have book for all natural history buffs. "A rollicking account of Brasier's adventures seeking an answer to a question that vexed Charles Darwin." --Library Journal "Engaging." --New Scientist "If there is one book in this crop that Darwin himself would surely have appreciated, it is Darwin's Lost World." --Financial Times
Climbing Mount Improbable
Paperback ISBN: 0393316823
Arguing that the perfection of the human body is the result of improbable mutation, a prominent Darwinian uses the metaphor of climbing a mountain to illustrate how natural perfection is due to the unending journey of DNA through time
Only a Theory
Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul
Hardcover ISBN: 067001883x
A scientific evaluation of the debate between evolution and intelligent design in America, written by an expert witness in Pennsylvania's landmark 2005 Dover evolution trial, dissects the claims of the ID movement, explains why the conflict is compromising America's position as a leading scientific nation, and considers the issue's potential for furthering education. 40,000 first printing.
The Sixth Extinction
Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0385424973
Cites five previous mass extinctions on planet Earth while explaining that the human race may be the first to trigger its own destruction, as well as the destruction of nonhuman species through irresponsible practices. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.