Written primarily for 16-19 year old students, this concise introduction to evolution traces the history of the emergence of life, contextualising the development of evolutionary thought and discussing the implications of evolutionary processes on modern-day genomics, biochemistry and ecology. The primer aims to extend students' knowledge and inspire them to take their school-level learning further. It explores topics that are familiar from the curriculum and also introduces new ideas, giving students a first taste of the study of biology beyond school-level and demonstrating how concepts frequently encountered at school are relevant to and applied in current research. This is the ideal text to support students who are considering making the transition from studying biology at school to university.
1. Introducing evolution
2. The birth and death of species
3. What's the evidence?
4. The evolution of the theory
5. Human evolution
6. The human story so far
Dr Neil Ingram has a PhD in genetics from the University of Birmingham and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. He spent many years teaching biology in schools before moving to the School of Education in the University of Bristol, where he has been researching the impacts of contemporary genomics on school biology curricula.
Dr Sylvia Hixson Andrews has degrees in both biology and anthropology and did her PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She taught at college and university level extensively in the US, and she is a member of the Azokh Project team. She works alongside her husband Peter Andrews in the Blandford Museum, where she has been both education coordinator and director.
Jane Still holds a degree in biological science from the University of Exeter and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. She and Neil Ingram are regular collaborators, active as writers, examiners and reviewers of biology publications.