By presenting evolutionary biology as an ongoing research effort, this best-seller aims to help readers think like scientists. The authors convey the excitement and logic of evolutionary science by introducing principles through recent and classical studies, and by emphasizing real-world applications. Features a new chapter on Phylogenomics and the Molecular Basis of Adaptation (Ch. 15). Offers an earlier presentation of Reconstructing Evolutionary Trees, reflecting the growing importance of this topic in the field. Includes the latest research and examples, giving students access to the most current developments in the field. Includes full-color photographs, diagrams and data-graphics throughout, developed by the author. Undergraduate courses in evolution
In this text for undergraduates majoring in biology and related fields, the authors endeavor to help students learn to think like evolutionary biologists. They introduce themes by posing a question, then explain how evolutionary biologists would approach the question by framing a hypothesis, making predictions, and testing them with observations and experiments. Topics include Darwinism, the mechanisms of evolution and speciation, the nature of adaptation, molecular evolution, phylogenetic analysis, and various contemporary issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.