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Covers the genetic, developmental and ecological mechanisms of evolutionary change, the major features of evolutionary history as revealed by phylogenetic and palaeontological studies, and material on adaptation, molecular evolution, coevolution, and human evolution. Aimed at those with some familiarity with genetics.
(in brief) - I Background to the Study of Evolution - Evolutionary Biology - A Short History of Evolutionary Biology - Genetics and Development - Ecology - II Patterns and History - Classification and Phylogeny - The Fossil Record - A History of Life on Earth - The Geography of Evolution - III Evolutionary Processes in Populations and Species - Origin of Genetic Variation - Population Structure and Genetic Drift - Natural Selection and Adaptation - Multiple Genes and Quantitative Traits - Species - Speciation - IV Character Evolution - Form and Function - Evolution of Interactions among Species - Evolutions of Life Histories - Evolution of Behavior - Evolution of Genetic Systems - Molecular Evolution - V Macroevolution: Evolution above the Species Level - Development and Evolution - Pattern and Process in Macroevolution - The Evolution of Biological Diversity - Human Evolution and Variation - Evolutionary Biology in the Future - Contending with Creationism -
DOUGLAS FUTUYMA holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, USA. His research interests in evolution focus primarily on speciation and the evolution of ecological interactions among species. He has been a Guggenheim and a Fulbright Fellow, the President of the Society for the Study of Evolution and the American Society of Naturalists, and editor of Evolution.