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Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

July 2017

ISBN: 9780198804369

168 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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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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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.

  • Introduces in a clear and concise way the processes of evolution by natural selection, and how this leads to complex adaptations and new species
  • Looks at the wide range of evidence for evolution
  • Considers some of the remaining questions in evolutionary theory
  • Explains adaptation and natural selection
  • This reissue includes some key updates to the main text and a completely updated Further Reading section.
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over eight million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Brian Charlesworth, Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh, and Deborah Charlesworth, Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh, and FRS

Brian Charlesworth is a Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, and former President of the Society for the Study of Evolution.

Deborah Charlesworth is a Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, and former President of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Together they have written Elements of Evolutionary Genetics (Roberts & Company, 2010).

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: The processes of evolution
    3: The evidence for evolution: similarities and differences between organisms
    4: The evidence for evolution: patterns in time and space
    5: Adaptation and natural selection
    6: The formation and divergence of species
    7: Some difficult problems
    8: Afterword
    References
    Further Reading
    Index