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Evolution (Oxford Readers)

Evolution (Oxford Readers)
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780199267941
ISBN 10: 199267944
Edition: 2
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2004-02-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 472
List Price: $59.95

Mark Ridley’s 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.


An unusually interesting introductory (but by no means unsophisticated) textbook in modern evolutionary biology. For each topic, the account begins at an introductory level and moves on to the cutting edge of modern research. The volume is arranged in five parts: an introduction, which describes the history of the subject and the evidence that evolution has occurred, followed by sections on evolutionary genetics, adaptation, the origins of diversity, and paleobiology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)