The evidence for evolution.

The evidence for evolution. Alan R. Rogers.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Octavo, paperback, black and white photographs, illustrations, line drawings, graphs, tables.

Many of today's biology courses and textbooks dwell on the mechanisms of evolution - natural selection, genetic drift, and gene flow - but say little about the evidence that evolution happens at all. With this book, Alan R. Rogers provides an elegant, straightforward text that details the evidence for evolution. Rogers covers different levels of evolution, from within-species changes, which are much less challenging to see and believe, to much larger ones, say, from fish to amphibian, or from land mammal to whale. For each case, he supplies numerous lines of evidence to illustrate the changes, including fossils, DNA, and radioactive isotopes. His comprehensive treatment stresses recent advances in knowledge but also recounts the give and take between skeptical scientists who first asked 'how can we be sure' and then marshalled scientific evidence to attain certainty.

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