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Fourth Edition

Douglas J. Futuyma and Mark Kirkpatrick

October 2017

ISBN: 9781605357409

700 pages

In Stock

Price: £49.99

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



Published by Sinauer Associates, an imprint of Oxford University Press.

Extensively rewritten and reorganized, this new edition of Evolution—featuring a new coauthor: Mark Kirkpatrick (The University of Texas at Austin)—offers additional expertise in evolutionary genetics and genomics, the fastest-developing area of evolutionary biology. Directed toward an undergraduate audience, the text emphasizes the interplay between theory and empirical tests of hypotheses, thus acquainting students with the process of science. It addresses major themes—including the history of evolution, evolutionary processes, adaptation, and evolution as an explanatory framework—at levels of biological organization ranging from genomes to ecological communities.

New to this edition

  • Genomic perspectives on evolution are strengthened throughout
  • The content has a stronger focus on human evolution: an entirely new chapter on the topic (Chapter 21, The Evolutionary Story of Homo sapiens), and new examples throughout the book
  • Many chapters have been rewritten from the ground up
  • The book has been entirely reillustrated in a clean, contemporary style that enhances the content
  • A new Appendix, A Statistics Primer, introduces the concept of a probability distribution, reviews how statistics are used to describe populations, looks at how we estimate quantities, and discusses how hypotheses are tested. It ends with a brief overview of two major frameworks of statistical analysis: likelihood and Bayesian inference. Math is kept to a minimum.

About the Author(s)

Douglas J. Futuyma and Mark Kirkpatrick

Douglas J. Futuyma is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph. D. in Zoology at the University of Michigan with Lawrence Slobodkin. Dr. Futuyma is the author of three previous editions of Evolution, as well as three editions of its predecessor, Evolutionary Biology. He received the 1997 Sewall Wright Award of the American Society of Naturalists and the 2012 Joseph Leidy Award of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Philadelphia). Dr. Futuyma has served as President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.

Mark Kirkpatrick is the Painter Centennial Professor of Genetics in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. in Biology from Harvard in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington with Monty Slatkin in 1983. Dr. Kirkpatrick has received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1997) and a Poste Rouge Fellowship (France, 1997). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008), and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016). Dr. Kirkpatrick received the Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists (2014). He has served as Associate Editor of The American Naturalist, Theoretical Population Biology, and Genetics, and on the Editorial Boards of The Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Dr. Kirkpatrick's research interests are in evolutionary genetics.

Table of Contents

    1: Evolutionary Biology
    2: The Tree of Life
    3: Natural Selection and Adaptation
    4: Mutation and Variation
    5: The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection
    6: Phenotypic Evolution
    7: Genetic Drift: Evolution at Random
    8: Evolution in Space
    9: Species and Speciation
    10: All About Sex
    11: How to Be Fit
    12: Cooperation and Conflict
    13: Interactions among Species
    14: The Evolution of Genes and Genomes
    15: Evolution and Development
    16: Phylogeny: The Unity and Diversity of Life
    17: The History of Life
    18: The Geography of Evolution
    19: The Evolution of Biological Diversity
    20: Macroevolution: Evolution above the Species Level
    21: The Evolutionary Story of Homo sapiens
    22: Evolution and Society

Additional Resources

For Students

The Evolution Companion Website features review and study tools to help students master the material presented in the textbook. Access to the site is free of charge, and requires no access code. (Instructor registration is required in order for students to access the quizzes.) The site includes the following resources:

* Chapter Outlines and Summaries: Concise overviews of the important topics covered in each chapter.

* Data Analysis Exercises: Expanded for the third edition, these inquiry-based exercises involve students in working with data and analyzing methods and conclusions from published papers.

* Simulation Exercises: Interactive modules that allow students to explore many of the dynamic processes of evolution, and answer questions based on the results they observe.

* Online Quizzes: Quizzes that cover all the major concepts introduced in each chapter. These quizzes are assignable by the instructor.

* Flashcards & Key Terms: A great way for students to learn and review the key terminology introduced in each chapter.

* Flashcards & Key Terms: Easy-to-use activities that help students learn all the key terminology introduced in each chapter.

* The complete Glossary

For Instructors

The Evolution Instructor's Resource Library offers a variety of resources to aid instructors in course planning, lecture development, and student assessment, including:

* Textbook Figures and Tables: All the figures (including photographs) and tables from the textbook are provided as JPEGs (both high- and low-resolution), reformatted and relabeled for optimal readability when projected.

* PowerPoint Presentations: For each chapter, all of the chapter's figures and tables are provided in a ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation, making it easy to quickly insert figures into your own lecture presentations.

* Answers to the textbook end-of-chapter Problems and Discussion Topics

* Quiz Questions from the Companion Website

* Data Analysis and Simulation Exercises from the Companion Website, with answers