This book uses evolution as the unifying theme to trace the connections between levels of biological complexity from genes through nervous systems, animal societies, and human cultures. It examines the history of evolutionary theory from Darwin to the present, including: the impact of molecular biology and the emergence of evolutionary social theory.
This is a well written and illustrated introduction to modern biology, notably thorough and useful in the way it builds upon evolutionary explanation. --Edward O. Wilson, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University "An excellent introduction to a body of knowledge and concepts that should be mastered by every educated person." --Steven Pinker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "The explanations of many difficult concepts are the best Ia ve seen." --Donald Kennedy, Standford University "Truly a pleasure to read...The authors have a real knack for style and ease of expression... The concepts and ideas are clearly stated, well developed, and easily understood." --Charles Mallery, University of Miami "This is a remarkable book." --Martin Daley, McMaster University "This is a superb book - highly engaging, extremely well written, and well stocked with fascinating information." --David M. Buss, University of Texas -- Austin
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