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An Introduction to Evolution

Book Review: The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution by Carl Zimmer

Price: US$43:16
Hardcover: 394 pages
Publisher: Roberts and Company Publishers; 1 edition (October 15, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981519474
ISBN-13: 978-0981519470

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This Tuesday is the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Charles Darwin’s bookOn the Origin of Species“. And earlier this year we celebrated the 200th anniversary of his birth.

These anniversaries have been marked by publication of books about Darwin’s life, his ideas and various aspects of evolutionary science. Most of these are aimed at the adult reader. But here is one which will appeal to school children and young adults – an important section of readers.

The Tangled Bank is an introductory text book. It will be ideal for introductory classes on evolution and biology. But it is also going to appeal to many adults, and especially to families.

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Transitional fossils

Creationists have an obsession with, and tell a lot of lies about, transitional fossils. Like their claim that none have been found.

If you believe their story – have a look at the latest issue of “Evolution: Education and Outreach“. It’s a special issue on transitional fossils. It has 21 articles, including titles like:

Understanding Natural Selection: Essential Concepts and Common Misconceptions by T. Ryan Gregory
The Evolutionary Emergence of Vertebrates From Among Their Spineless Relatives by Philip C. J. Donoghue and Mark A. Purnell
The Fish–Tetrapod Transition: New Fossils and Interpretations by Jennifer A. Clack
Evolutionary Transitions Among Dinosaurs: Examples from the Jurassic of China by James M. Clark and Xing Xu
Downsized Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary Transition to Modern Birds by Luis M. Chiappe
From Land to Water: the Origin of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises by J. G. M. Thewissen, Lisa Noelle Cooper, John C. George and Sunil Bajpai
Evolutionary Transitions in the Fossil Record of Terrestrial Hoofed Mammals by Donald R. Prothero

There should be enough evidence there for any thoughtful doubters.

Thanks to Why evolution is true


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