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Published: 11 August 2005

600 Pages | Numerous colour illustrations, halftones and line drawings


ISBN: 9780199255634

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This text is published by OUP Higher Education Division

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Second Edition

Stephen Stearns and Rolf Hoekstra

  • A focus on principles offers an unintimidating introduction to evolution, perfect for a first course in the subject
  • New chapters on the role of development in evolution, on fossil record, co-evolution, and on evolutionary medicine and human evolution, and a completely rewritten chapter on phylogenetics give students an insight into these dynamic areas of research
  • Key concepts are defined and highlighted in the margin, helping to ensure that the information presented is crystal clear
  • An appendix of basic genetic concepts provides a firm foundation for those who have limited prior knowledge of genetics, opening up the subject to an even broader range of students
  • Striking photographs supplement the line drawings and illuminate key themes in the text, helping students to visualise the concepts described
  • Online Resource Centre includes figures available to download, to facilitate lecture preparation, and interactive simulations, plus additional questions and answers, to encourage independent learning

New to this Edition:

  • New chapters on 'The Role of Development in Evolution' on 'The Fossil Record and Life's History', on 'Co-evolution', and on 'Evolutionary Medicine & Human Evolution' encompass dynamic areas of interest to help engage the student
  • New subdivision into five parts groups chapters into logical clusters, facilitating the book's use by students with little prior understanding of the subject area
  • Enhanced explanations, particularly in earlier chapters, lead students more gradually into the subject, helping confidence in the subject to be established more rapidly
  • An appendix of basic genetic concepts provides an firm foundation for those students who have limited prior knowledge of genetics
  • New plate section presents key diagrams in full-colour, adding visual impact to the concepts explained in the text

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