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Title:
An introduction to biological evolution
Author:
Kardong, Kenneth V.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Dubuque, Iowa : McGraw-Hill, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xiv, 322 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780072385793

9780071216166
Format :
Book

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Written for a general college audience, this book offers an introduction to the principles and significance of Darwinian evolution. It differs from most other textbooks on evolution in three fundamental ways: first, it is intended for students taking evolution early in their studies; second, it examines the intellectual significance of Darwinian evolution; and third, the text departs from the standard treatment of evolution in other textbooks, wherein the arguments are reductionist, molecular, and overwhelmingly genetic in emphasis. Ken Kardong, also author of Vertebrates; Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution, is known for his accessible writing style. His almost conversational approach to this topic puts the reader at ease while learning evolutionary concepts. The result is an inviting book that will be read.


Table of Contents

1 Evolution of Evolution
2 Time
3 Heredity
4 Emergence of Life
5 Diversity of Life
6 Evidence of Evolution
7 Selection
8 Variation: Spice of Life
9 Speciation
10 Co-Evolution
11 Life History Strategies
12 Life in Groups
13 Extinctions
14 Human Evolution: The Early Years
15 Human Evolution - Building Modern Humans
16 Evolutionary Biology: Today and Beyond
appendix 1 Cell Division - A Review
Appendix 2 Taxonomy
Appendix 3 Molecular Clocks