Evolution For Dummies

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Today, most colleges and universities offer evolutionary study as part of their biology curriculums. Evolution For Dummies will track a class in which evolution is taught and give an objective scientific view of the subject. This balanced guide explores the history and future of evolution, explaining the concepts and science behind it, offering case studies that support it, and comparing evolution with rival theories of creation, such as intelligent design. It also will identify the signs of evolution in the world around us and explain how this theory affects our everyday lives and the future to come.

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Fascinating case studies highlight evolutionary research in the lab and in the wild

From Darwin to DNA — your objective guide to the key concepts of evolution

Want to get a clear understanding of evolution? This plain-English guide explains what evolution is, how it works, and the ways it affects your life. You'll see how evolution impacts everything from body shape to behavior to choosing a mate, ways we can trace the past evolutionary history of species, and how humans continue to evolve.

Discover:

  • What natural selection is and how it works

  • The evolutionary history of modern humans

  • The evolution of viruses and scientists' fight against them

  • The role of genetics in the evolution of species

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Dr. Greg Krukonis: Greg Kukonis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Arizona, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Stanford University. He is currently an adjunct assistant professor of biology at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Tracy Barr: Tracy Barr is a professional writer and editor who has authored or co-authored several other books for Wiley, including Adoption For Dummies, Cast-Iron Cooking For Dummies, Yorkshire Terriers For Dummies, and Latin For Dummies. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four children.

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