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Evolution: Principles and Processes

Author(s): Brian K. Hall, Dalhousie University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763760397
  • Paperback    442 pages      © 2011
Price: $192.95 US List
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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.

Applicable Courses

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.

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Instructor's Media CD-ROM to accompany Evolution: Principles and Processes

ISBN-13: 9780763799786

The Instructor's Media CD-ROM includes a PowerPoint Image Bank and PowerPoint Lecture Slides.

An Online Test Bank is also available.

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