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Evolution in Action

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Starting with the first one-celled organisms, a world famous biologist analyzes the broad processes of evolution: the pattern of genetic structure; the formation, adaptation, and specialization of species; heredity; mutations; and natural selection--in short, the mechanisms and principles common to all life.

Passing from the general to the specific, he lucidly explains how,
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paperback, 141 pages
Published 2007 by Harper & Row (first published 1953)
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Elliott Bignell
Jul 31, 2016 Elliott Bignell rated it liked it
Having done a lot of reading about evolution from authors that were more popular in recent decades, it was interesting to cover this short collection of six pieces by Julian Huxley, a hereditary peer of evolutionary science and one of those who was an experienced player at the time the Modern Synthesis emerged. The pieces are all written accessibly and in layman's terms, representing as they do popular lectures which Huxley conducted for the general public.

Unfortunately for this writing, evoluti
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Not likely to be encountered much now, but for a short work it explains the basics of Neo-Darwinism rather well.
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In 1887, Julian Huxley, the brother of novelist Aldous Huxley and the grandson of agnostic biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, was born in Great Britain. Educated as a biologist at Oxford, he taught at Rice Institute, Houston (1912-1916), Oxford (1919-25) and Kings College (1925-1935). An ant specialist (he wrote a book called Ants in 1930), Huxley became Secretary of the Zoological Society of London ( ...more
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