Written by active researchers to present a contemporary view of the field.
Evolution makes the big themes in evolutionary biology accessible by introducing them early and integrating them thoroughly. Extensive, in-depth, current research examples, an emphasis on problem solving, and a stunning art program engage students, helping them to understand fundamental concepts and processes.
Written by active researchers to present a contemporary view of the field
Fundamental concepts are explained with an emphasis on phylogenetics and population thinking. These two themes are introduced early and thoroughly integrated into nearly every chapter, giving students an introduction to important concepts in a contemporary way. Concepts are reinforced via in-depth, current research studies, many of which are drawn from research done in the last decade.
A powerful art program
The art program was carefully developed to promote understanding of key concepts by engaging students visually and providing them with just the right amount of detail.
Twelve animations based on book art help students to visualize some of the more difficult course concepts. High-quality process animations bring fundamental concepts such as genetic drift, phylogenetics, and the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium to life. The animations are posted on the free and open StudySpace student website and are available on the instructor’s resource disc for use in lecture.
An emphasis on problem solving
Students are encouraged to learn about evolutionary biology as a process of inquiry through the description and analysis of problems that capture the essential elements of key concepts, phylogenetic relationships, and population thinking.
A full suite of resources for instructors and students
Evolution offers instructors and students a rich and accessible media package. Labeled and unlabeled versions of every piece of book art and distinctive process animations are easily accessible for use in lecture presentations. A full test bank supports instructors in assessing student mastery of important concepts. Access to online simulation software gives students the opportunity to actively examine the core concepts outside of class.
Part I: Foundations of Evolutionary Biology
- Chapter 1: An Overview of Evolutionary Biology
- Chapter 2: Early Evolutionary Ideas and Darwin’s Insight
- Chapter 3: Natural Selection
- Chapter 4: Phylogeny and Evolutionary History
- Chapter 5: Inferring Phylogeny
Part II: Evolutionary Genetics
- Chapter 6: Transmission Genetics and the Sources of Genetic Variation
- Chapter 7: The Genetics of Populations
- Chapter 8: Evolution in Finite Populations
- Chapter 9: Evolution at Multiple Loci
- Chapter 10: Genome Evolution
Part III: The History of Life
- Chapter 11: The Origin and Evolution of Early Life
- Chapter 12: Major Transitions
- Chapter 13: Evolution and Development
- Chapter 14: Species and Speciation
- Chapter 15: Extinction
Part IV: Adaptations
- Chapter 16: The Evolution of Sex
- Chapter 17: Sexual Selection
- Chapter 18: The Evolution of Sociality
- Chapter 19: Coevolution
- Chapter 20: Evolution and Medicine