The Evolution of Life

Paperback | January 14, 2015

byGraham Bell

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The Evolution of Life stands alone amongst the major textbooks by focusing on key principles to offer a truly accessible, unintimidating treatment of evolutionary biology. With adaptation through natural selection - how the integrated complexity of living organisms comes about - as its central theme, the book adopts a lucid, crystal-clear narrative to explain the mechanism of evolution and its main outcomes. Chapters are grouped into six themed parts - basics, history, origins, adaptation, selection, and interaction - and the text is regularly interspersed with descriptive headings that set out a clear path through the subject. The Evolution of Life is written to instil a true understanding of the essential principles of evolutionary biology without that understanding being compromised by peripheral detail. As such, it is the ideal introduction for any student encountering this fascinating subject for the first time. Online Resource CentreThe Evolution of Life is supported by the following online resources: For registered adopters:* Figures from the book in electronic format for use in lectures* A set of exam questions for each chapter* Journal Clubs: discussion questions that guide students through research papers related to each chapter For students:* Programs and interactive spreadsheets related to activities posed in the book

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The Evolution of Life stands alone amongst the major textbooks by focusing on key principles to offer a truly accessible, unintimidating treatment of evolutionary biology. With adaptation through natural selection - how the integrated complexity of living organisms comes about - as its central theme, the book adopts a lucid, crystal-cl...

Graham Bell is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at McGill University, Montreal, where his research explores genetic variation and species diversity in environments that vary in space and time. Having published over 120 research papers in refereed journals, he is also the author of Selection: the mechanism of evolution...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 10.43 × 7.68 × 0.01 inPublished:January 14, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019871257X

ISBN - 13:9780198712572

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Section 1: Basics1. The Evidence for Evolution2. The Engine of EvolutionSection 2: History3. The Tree of Life4. The Diversity of Life5. The Ancestry of LifeSection 3: Origins6. The Origin of Variation7. The Origin of Species8. The Origin of InnovationSection 4: Adaptation9. Adaptation and Evolved Design10. Evolving Bodies11. The Dynamic GenomeSection 5: Selection12. Artificial Selection13. Experimental Evolution14. Selection in Natural PopulationsSection 6: Interaction15. Sexual Selection16. Cooperation and Conflict17. Symbiosis and Struggle