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Eyes to See: The Astonishing Variety of Vision in Nature


Michael Land

November 2018

The spectacular capacity to see the world around them has evolved in many different ways among animals. From scallops and jumping spiders to humans, Michael Land explores the extraordinary variety of eyes in nature, how they work, and how they enable their bearers to survive.

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Moonstruck: How lunar cycles affect life


Ernest Naylor

October 2018

Compared to well established circadian rhythms, scientific evidence for biological clocks linked to the Moon has only recently become recognized. This book describes the growing evidence for lunar influences on animal behaviour, and considers whether humans may be affected too.

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Sexual Selection: A Very Short Introduction


Marlene Zuk, Leigh W. Simmons

August 2018

Very Short Introductions

Sexual selection, Darwin's other big idea, is the selection for particular traits and behaviours that results from (usually) female choice and male competition. It can produce flamboyant features, such as the peacock's tail, which would seem to be detrimental to survival. This book explores our understanding of how sexual selection works.

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Blossoms: And the genes that make them


Maxine F. Singer

April 2018

Flowers evolved to attract pollinators, so new generations of plant can form. But how do plants know when to bloom, and how do they construct their flowers? This book describes what we have learnt of the astonishing genetic and epigenetic processes behind the dazzling variety of flower shapes, colours, and scents.

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Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past


David Reich

March 2018

David Reich describes how the revolution in the ability to sequence ancient DNA has changed our understanding of the deep human past. This book tells the emerging story of our often surprising ancestry - the extraordinary ancient migrations and mixtures of populations that have made us who we are.

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Fourth Edition


Douglas J. Futuyma, Mark Kirkpatrick

October 2017

The classic evolutionary text updated to reflect the fast-moving field of bioinformatics.

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Phylogenetic Trees Made Easy: A How-To Manual

Fifth Edition


Barry G. Hall

October 2017

Helps the reader get started in creating phylogenetic trees from protein or nucleic acid sequence data. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.

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Mammals: A Very Short Introduction


T. S. Kemp

September 2017

Very Short Introductions

Relative newcomers within the story of evolution, mammals are hugely successful and have colonized land, water, and air. Tom Kemp discusses the great diversity of mammalian species, and looks at how their very disparate characteristics, physiologies, and behaviours are all largely driven by one uniting factor: endothermy, or warm-bloodedness.

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Dinosaurs: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


David Norman

September 2017

Very Short Introductions

David Norman discusses some of the most fascinating and iconic creatures to walk our Earth. Introducing the different famillies of dinosaurs, he discusses how they were first discovered and interpreted, and looks at how scientific break-throughs have changed our understanding of dinosaurs over the years.

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Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation


Jim Baggott

September 2017

Jim Baggott sets out the scientific story of creation - 13.8 billion years from the Big Bang to human consciousness, via the origins of space and time, mass and light, stars, the habitable earth, and life itself. From astrophysics to biology, the whole inspiring picture is here.

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Evolution: A Very Short Introduction


Brian Charlesworth, Deborah Charlesworth

July 2017

Very Short Introductions

This book is about the central role of evolution in shaping the nature and diversity of the living world. It describes the processes of natural selection, how adaptations arise, and how new species form, as well as summarizing the evidence for evolution.

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The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene


Richard Dawkins

September 2016

The 'extended phenotype' is Dawkins' key contribution to the gene's eye view of evolution given in The Selfish Gene. He shows that the influence of genes can extend far beyond the bodies in which they reside, manipulating the environment and the behaviour of other individuals. A worldwide bestseller and a classic work of scientific exposition.

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Principles of Evolutionary Medicine

Second Edition


Peter Gluckman, Alan Beedle, Tatjana Buklijas, Felicia Low, Mark Hanson

March 2016

A new updated edition of the first integrated and comprehensive textbook to explain the principles of evolutionary biology from a medical perspective and to focus on how medicine and public health might utilise evolutionary biology.

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An Introduction to Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics

Second Edition


Lindell Bromham

January 2016

SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE TEXTBOOK PRIZE 2016 - The most approachable introduction to the field of molecular evolution, blending straightforward explanations with cutting-edge case studies.

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Molecular and Genome Evolution


Dan Graur

January 2016

Describes the driving forces behind the evolutionary process at the molecular and genome levels. If you are a lecturer interested in adopting this title for your course, please contact your Oxford representative to arrange a local price.

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The Origin of Higher Taxa: Palaeobiological, developmental, and ecological perspectives


T.S. Kemp

November 2015

This book discusses whether the origin of radically new kinds of organisms - new higher taxa - are the result of normal Darwinian evolution proceeding, or whether unusual genetic processes and/or special environmental circumstances are necessary.

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The Evolution of Life


Graham Bell

December 2014

The most focused, clear account of the central themes of evolutionary biology, tailored to the needs of a one-semester course.

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The Evolution of Plants

Second Edition


Kathy Willis, Jennifer McElwain

December 2013

Blends evidence from the fossil record and data from biomolecular studies to tell the story of plant evolution from the earliest forms of life to the present day. Its straightforward explanations and clear illustrations provide the most accessible introduction to plant evolution available.

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Evolutionary Writings: including the Autobiographies


Charles Darwin, James A. Secord

May 2010

Oxford World's Classics

This volume brings together key chapters from Darwin's most important books, including the Journal of Researches on the Beagle voyage (1845), the Origin of Species (1859), the Descent of Man (1871), and the full text of his delightful autobiography. They are accompanied by responses from 19th-century readers from around the world.

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Why Evolution is True


Jerry A. Coyne

January 2010

Why Evolution is True focuses on the hard evidence that proves evolution by natural selection to be a fact. Weaving together and explaining the latest discoveries and ideas from many disparate areas of modern science, this succinct and important book will leave no one with an open mind in any doubt about the truth - and the beauty - of evolution.

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