Evolution (Oxford Readers)

ISBN 13: 9780192892874

Evolution (Oxford Readers)

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9780192892874: Evolution (Oxford Readers)

This reader presents a wide spectrum of views and issues involved in the ever expanding debates about evolution. Can we trace the origin of life? How important is the theory of natural selection? Why did we start talking? Is there an evolutionary argument for the existence of God? It includes extracts which look at: the roles of mutations, inbreeding, crossbreeding, and gene selection; the puzzle of sex; the evolutionary consequences of being a plant, and the means of measuring time by using molecular clocks. With articles by Darwin, Fisher, Haldane, Dawkins, Gould, and Medawar amongst others, this Oxford reader offers a combination of classic accounts and modern research which should appeal both to students and a broad general audience.

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Book Description:

Mark Ridleys Evolution has become the premier undergraduate text in the study of evolution. Readable and stimulating, yet well balanced and in-depth, this text tells the story of evolution, from the history of the study to the most recent developments in evolutionary theory.The third edition of this successful textbook features updates and extensive new coverage. The sections on adaptation and diversity have been reorganized for improved clarity and flow, and a completely updated section on the evolution of sex and the inclusion of more plant examples have all helped to shape this new edition. Evolution also features strong, balanced coverage of population genetics, and scores of new applied plant and animal examples make this edition even more accessible and engaging.

From the Back Cover:

This new, multi-media edition of Mark Ridley’s classic text has been updated and revised to match more closely the way today’s evolution courses are taught. New features include:


  • More human examples

  • New chapters on the fossil record

  • Broader taxonomic coverage

  • Expanded coverage of ecological principles

  • Simplified section on population genetics--with more worked examples

  • New chapter on coevolution

  • Two-color throughout with four-color insert

  • Chapter-end review and study questions

  • Beginning-of-chapter summaries

Each of the topics in the book is significantly enhanced on the CD-ROM included with each book. Features of the CD-ROM include:


  • Video clips by world renowned leaders inn the field of evolution

  • Full-color animations

  • Interactive time-line that covers millions of years of evolutionary history

  • An impressive library of classic papers

  • Virtual experiments and tutorials for more structured learning

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