If you want to know whether evolution is a science, how life began, what Charles Darwin really said about evolution, why a fungus is more closely related to humans than to a plant, how experiments in evolution can be carried out, why birds are flying dinosaurs, how we manipulate the evolution of other species, and if you want a clear treatment of the processes that result in evolution, then this is the book for you.
Written for those with a minimal science background, Evolution: Principles and Processes provides a concise introduction of evolutionary topics for the one-term course. Using an engaging writing style and a wealth of full-color illustrations, Hall covers topics from the origin of universe, Earth, the origin of life, and on to how humans influence the evolution of other species. He brings together the principles and processes that explain evolutionary change and discusses the patterns of life that have resulted from the operation of evolution over the past 3.5 billion years. This overview, coupled with numerous case studies and examples, helps readers understand and truly appreciate the origin and diversity of life.
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Features & Benefits
- Begins with an introduction to the nature of science and to evolution as a science
- Includes three chapters devoted to Charles Darwin: Darwin's life and work, Darwin and Wallace as co-discoverers of evolution by natural selection, and Darwin and Mendel's theories of inheritance
- A glossary of definitions is provided at the end of the book, along with a separate cross-listing of lexicon of key concepts, principles, processes and groups of organisms
- An Instructor's Media CD-ROM includes an Image Bank and Lecture Slides in PowerPoint format. A Test Bank is also available for download.
- Access to the Student Companion Website is included with every print copy and features helpful study tools to help students succeed in their course, including flashcards, crossword puzzles, an interactive glossary, and weblinks for further study.
Evolution: Principles and Processes is ideal for the introductory, 1-term course in evolution for the non-science major.
Part 1 Science And Evolution As Science
Chapter 1 The Nature of Science and Evolution, and Evolution as Science
Part 2 Origins
Chapter 2 The Origin of Matter, the Universe and Earth
Chapter 3 The Origin of Molecules and the Nature of Life
Chapter 4 From Molecules to Cells and the Origin of Selection
Part Part 3 Darwin, Wallace, Natural Selection and Iheritance
Chapter 5 Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle
Chapter 6 Darwin and Wallace’s Evolution by Natural Selection
Chapter 7 Darwin, Mendel and Theories of Inheritance
Part 4 The Universal Tree of Life
Chapter 8 From Single-Celled Organisms to Kingdoms
Chapter 9 Eukaryotic Cells and Multicellular Organisms
Chapter 10 Plants and Fungi as Branches of the Tree of Life
Chapter 11 Animals as a Branch of the Tree of Life
Part Part 5 Principles and Processes of Evolution
Chapter 12 Individual Genetic Variation and Gene Regulation
Chapter 13 Genetic Variation in Populations
Chapter 14 The Biology of Populations
Chapter 15 Natural Selection
Part 6 On the Nature and Origin of Species
Chapter 16 Species and Similarity: On Being the Same Yet Different
Chapter 17 Origin of Species
Chapter 18 Mass Extinctions, Opportunities and Adaptive Radiations
Part Part 7 Human Origins and Evolution
Chapter 19 Human Origins and Evolution
Chapter 20 Cultural and Social Evolution
Chapter 21 Culture, Religion and Evolution
Brian K. Hall-Dalhousie University
Brian Hall, born, raised and educated in Australia, has been associated with Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia since 1968, most recently as a University Research Professor and George S. Campbell Professor of Biology, and since July 2007 as University Research Professor Emeritus. He was Killam Research Professor at Dalhousie University (1990-1995), Faculty of Science Killam Professor (1996-2001) and Canada Council for the Arts Killam Research Fellow (2003-2005).
Trained as an experimental embryologist, for the past 40 years he has undertaken research into vertebrate skeletal development and evolution and played a major role in integrating evolutionary and developmental biology into the discipline now known as Evolutionary Developmental Biology (evo-devo); he wrote the first evo-devo text book , published in 1990 and a second edition in 1999 (Hall 1999a).
A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Hall has earned numerous awards for his research, teaching and writing, including the 2005 Killam Prize in Natural Sciences, one of the top scientific awards in Canada.
Additional Titles by this Author
- ISBN-13: 9781449691837
- ISBN-13: 9781449691929