The Making of the Fittest  DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

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


  • Author : Sean B. Carroll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2007-09-17
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393069693


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

DNA evidence not only solves crimes—in Sean Carroll's hands it will now end the Evolution Wars. 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.

The Making of the Fittest  DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

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


  • Author : Sean B. Carroll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2007-09-17
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393330519


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

A geneticist discusses the role of DNA in the evolution of life on Earth, explaining how an analysis of DNA reveals a complete record of the events that have shaped each species and how it provides evidence of the validity of the theory of evolution.

The Making of the Fittest
Score: 4
From 14 Ratings

The Making of the Fittest


  • Author : Sean B. Carroll
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN 10 : 0393061639


The Making of the Fittest Book Description :

A geneticist and author of Endless Forms Most Beautiful discusses the role of DNA in the evolution of life on Earth, explaining how an analysis of DNA reveals a complete record of the events that have shaped each species and how it provides evidence of the validity of the theory of evolution.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Score: 4
From 17 Ratings

Endless Forms Most Beautiful


  • Author : Sean B. Carroll
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2012-03-29
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781849166867


Endless Forms Most Beautiful Book Description :

We not only share nearly 99% of our genes with chimps, we also have some 35% in common with daffodils. Throughout much of the animal and even plant kingdoms, almost the same ancient genes code for almost the same proteins. And further, to everyone's astonishment, the genes involved in making the complex eyes of fruitflies are close matches to those involved in making the very different eyes of octopuses and people. So what leads to the nature's 'endless forms most beautiful'? The key to this mystery is being unravelled by 'Evo Devo' or the new science of evolutionary development biology. By looking at how a single-celled egg gives rise to a complex, multi-billion celled animal, Evo Devo is illuminating exactly how new species - butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans - are made and evolved. The key, it turns out, is all about location and timing... For anyone who has ever pondered 'where did I come from', Endless Forms Most Beautiful explores our history, both the journey we have all made from egg to adult, and the long trek from the origin of life to the very recent origin of our species.

The Edge of Evolution
Score: 4.5
From 9 Ratings

The Edge of Evolution


  • Author : Michael J. Behe
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-06-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743296229


The Edge of Evolution Book Description :

The author of Darwin's Black Box draws on new findings in genetics to pose an argument for intelligent design that refutes Darwinian beliefs about evolution while offering alternative analyses of such factors as disease, random mutations, and the human struggle for survival. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Remarkable Creatures
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Remarkable Creatures


  • Author : Sean B. Carroll
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2014-10-16
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547526140


Remarkable Creatures Book Description :

National Book Award Finalist: A biologist’s “thoroughly enjoyable” account of the expeditions that unearthed the history of life on our planet (Publishers Weekly). Not so long ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vague and vastly off the mark, and much of the knowledge of our own species’ history was a set of fantastic myths and fairy tales. But scientists were about to embark on an amazing new era of understanding. From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Big Picture, this book leads us on a rousing voyage that recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of natural history: from Darwin’s trip around the world to Charles Walcott’s discovery of pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon; from Louis and Mary Leakey’s investigation of our deepest past in East Africa to the trailblazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA. Filled with the same sense of adventure that spurred on these extraordinary men and women, Remarkable Creatures is a “stirring introduction to the wonder of evolutionary biology” (Kirkus Reviews). “Charming and enlightening.” —San Francisco Chronicle “As fast-paced as a detective story.” —Nature

The Journey of Man
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Journey of Man


  • Author : Spencer Wells
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-03-28
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691176017


The Journey of Man Book Description :

Around 200,000 years ago, a man--identical to us in all important respects--lived in Africa. Every person alive today is descended from him. How did this real-life Adam wind up father of us all? What happened to the descendants of other men who lived at the same time? And why, if modern humans share a single prehistoric ancestor, do we come in so many sizes, shapes, and races? Showing how the secrets about our ancestors are hidden in our genetic code, Spencer Wells reveals how developments in the cutting-edge science of population genetics have made it possible to create a family tree for the whole of humanity. We now know not only where our ancestors lived but who they fought, loved, and influenced. Informed by this new science, The Journey of Man is replete with astonishing information. Wells tells us that we can trace our origins back to a single Adam and Eve, but that Eve came first by some 80,000 years. We hear how the male Y-chromosome has been used to trace the spread of humanity from Africa into Eurasia, why differing racial types emerged when mountain ranges split population groups, and that the San Bushmen of the Kalahari have some of the oldest genetic markers in the world. We learn, finally with absolute certainty, that Neanderthals are not our ancestors and that the entire genetic diversity of Native Americans can be accounted for by just ten individuals. It is an enthralling, epic tour through the history and development of early humankind--as well as an accessible look at the analysis of human genetics that is giving us definitive answers to questions we have asked for centuries, questions now more compelling than ever.

An Introduction to Molecular Anthropology

An Introduction to Molecular Anthropology


  • Author : Mark Stoneking
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2016-10-20
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781119050872


An Introduction to Molecular Anthropology Book Description :

Molecular anthropology uses molecular genetic methods to address questions and issues of anthropological interest. More specifically, molecular anthropology is concerned with genetic evidence concerning human origins, migrations, and population relationships, including related topics such as the role of recent natural selection in human population differentiation, or the impact of particular social systems on patterns of human genetic variation. Organized into three major sections, An Introduction to Molecular Anthropology first covers the basics of genetics – what genes are, what they do, and how they do it – as well as how genes behave in populations and how evolution influences them. The following section provides an overview of the different kinds of genetic variation in humans, and how this variation is analyzed and used to make evolutionary inferences. The third section concludes with a presentation of the current state of genetic evidence for human origins, the spread of humans around the world, the role of selection and adaptation in human evolution, and the impact of culture on human genetic variation. A final, concluding chapter discusses various aspects of molecular anthropology in the genomics era, including personal ancestry testing and personal genomics. An Introduction to Molecular Anthropology is an invaluable resource for students studying human evolution, biological anthropology, or molecular anthropology, as well as a reference for anthropologists and anyone else interested in the genetic history of humans.

The Cave Bear Story
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Cave Bear Story


  • Author : Björn Kurtén
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 163
  • ISBN 10 : 0231103611


The Cave Bear Story Book Description :

The Cave Bear story conveys the facts about these largest of bears, including the habits and society of Cave Bears, their ice age environment, biological variations, and extinction. Kurten also details the relationship between man and bear - namely, the theories surrounding bear-hunting and Cave Bear cults.

Essential Readings in Evolutionary Biology

Essential Readings in Evolutionary Biology


  • Author : Francisco J. Ayala
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2014-02-21
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 576
  • ISBN 10 : 9781421413051


Essential Readings in Evolutionary Biology Book Description :

Traces scholarly thought from the nineteenth-century birth of evolutionary biology to the mapping of the human genome through forty-eight essays, arranged in chronological order, each preceded by a one-page essay that explains the significance of the chosen work.