The Darwinian Tourist: Viewing the world through evolutionary eyes

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byCHRISTOPHER WILLS

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In this magnificently illustrated book, Christopher Wills takes us on a series of adventures. From the underwater life of Indonesia's Lambeh Strait to a little valley in northern Israel, to an earthquake in the coral reef off the island of Yap and the dry valleys of western Mongolia, Willsdemonstrates how ecology and evolution have interacted to yield the world we live in. Each chapter features a different location and brings out a different and important message. With the author's own stunning photographs of the wildlife he discovered on his travels, he draws out the evolutionary stories behind the wildlife and shows how our understanding of the living world can bedeepened by a Darwinian perspective. Wills demonstrates how looking at the world with evolutionary eyes leaves us with a renewed sense of wonder about life's astounding present-day diversity, along with an appreciation of our evolutionary history.

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In this magnificently illustrated book, Christopher Wills takes us on a series of adventures. From the underwater life of Indonesia's Lambeh Strait to a little valley in northern Israel, to an earthquake in the coral reef off the island of Yap and the dry valleys of western Mongolia, Willsdemonstrates how ecology and evolution have int...

Christopher Wills is Professor of Biological Sciences and member of the Center for Molecular Genetics at the University of California. He received the Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1999. His research interests include the maintenance of genetic ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.1 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199584389

ISBN - 13:9780199584383

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Living World1. Shape-Shifters2. The Inner Workings of Evolution3. The Shifting Earth4. Speciation5. Rainforests, Diseases, and SpeciationPart Two:The Human Story6. How Domesticated Animals Changed the World7. The Great Migration8. The San and the Hobbits