The Tangled Bank : An Introduction to Evolution

The Tangled Bank : An Introduction to Evolution

Book Title: The Tangled Bank : An Introduction to Evolution

Author: Michael Begon

Format: Paperback | 464 pages

Publication Date: 21 Oct 2013

ISBN-13: 9781936221448

Used widely in non-majors biology classes, this is the first textbook about evolution intended for the general reader. Zimmer, an award-winning science writer, takes readers on a fascinating journey into the latest discoveries about evolution. In the Canadian Arctic, paleontologists unearth fossils documenting the move of our ancestors from sea to land. In the outback of Australia, a zoologist tracks some of the world's deadliest snakes to decipher the 100-million-year evolution of venom molecules. In Africa, geneticists are gathering DNA to probe the origin of our species.

In clear, non-technical language, Zimmer explains the central concepts essential for understanding new advances in evolution, including natural selection, genetic drift, and sexual selection. He demonstrates how vital evolution is to all branches of modern biology-from the fight against deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the analysis of the human genome.