Evolution

Evolution

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 137.4 x 216.2 x 24.6mm | 592.2g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192892878
  • 9780192892874

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"What a great pleasure it is to read such an excellent, intelligently edited Reader. Mark Ridley has made what will be widely recognized as an educated, imaginative, and judicious selection." --Helena Cronin, author of The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today "What a great pleasure it is to read such an excellent, intelligently edited Reader. Mark Ridley has made what will be widely recognized as an educated, imaginative, and judicious selection." --Helena Cronin, author of The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today "What a great pleasure it is to read such an excellent, intelligently edited Reader. Mark Ridley has made what will be widely recognized as an educated, imaginative, and judicious selection." --Helena Cronin, author of The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today "What a great pleasure it is to read such an excellent, intelligently edited Reader. Mark Ridley has made what will be widely recognized as an educated, imaginative, and judicious selection." --Helena Cronin, author of The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Todayshow more

About Mark Ridley

Dr Mark Ridley is Lecturer at Somerville College, and a member of the Zoology Department, University of Oxford.show more

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