The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution

The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution


By (author) Sean B. Carroll

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393330516
  • ISBN 13: 9780393330519
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 50 black-and-white illustrations and 8 pages of color
  • Sales rank: 207,260

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DNA, the genetic blueprint of all creatures, is a stunningly rich and detailed record of evolution. Every change or new trait, from the gaudy colors of tropical birds to our color vision with which we admire them, is due to changes in DNA that leave a record and can be traced. Just as importantly, the DNA evidence has revealed several profound surprises about how evolution actually works.

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Sean B. Carroll is professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His first book, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Carroll's seminal scientific work has been featured in Time and The New Yorker. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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"I recommend [The Making of the Fittest] to everybody who wants to understand more [about evolution], because it is written in such simple yet detailed language... Quite a pleasure to read." -- Ira Flatow "The rare scientist with an easygoing writing style." -- Dan Vergano "The best refutation of intelligent design." "An adept and wide-ranging writer." -- Steve Olson "A fast-paced look how DNA demonstrates the evolutionary process... Carroll offers some provocative and convincing evidence." "Excellent... Carroll's book will certainly help the public to understand evolution more clearly." -- Brian Charlesworth "With fervor and clarity, Carroll amasses a glut of facts to refute the twisted logic of the anti-Darwinist camp." -- Josie Glausiusz