Listing books by Jerry Coyne
|Full title||Why Evolution is True [permalink]|
|Author||Jerry Coyne (author)|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Categories||Biology and science|
|Original publication year||2009|
|ISBN||978-0-19-923085-3 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
This book lays out in a systematic way the evidence for evolution. The first chapter, What Is Evolution?, lays out the basics tenets of the theory. The second, Written in the Rocks, are about (as you might guess) fossils and how they give good evidence of evolution (which wasn't available in Darwin's time). The third chapter goes into vestigial organs and functions, and the various bad designs we find in nature. The rest of the book lays out evidence from the geobiography of life, sexual selection, and so on.
The book is a response to the (on-going) anti-evolution tendency, and directly answers criticisms from that wing, in a detailed and interesting way.
One of the better books on evolution I've read. If you're looking for an explanation of exactly why scientists believe the theory of evolution best explains the adaptations in life (as opposed to intelligent design), then this book is for you.
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