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Evolution: Making Sense of Life

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Science writer Carl Zimmer and evolutionary biologist Douglas Emlen have teamed up to write a textbook intended for biology majors that will inspire students while delivering a solid foundation in evolutionary biology. Zimmer brings the same story-telling skills he displayed in The Tangled Bank, his 2009 non-majors textbook that the Quarterly Review of Biology called “spec ...more
Hardcover, 680 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Roberts and Company Publishers (first published July 1st 2012)
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Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great textbook, wish I could teach a whole course!
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: evolution
Well written and accessible for a text book.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Read for USF's Organic Evolution lecture course.

To begin with, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The language was clear and concise, making the subject matter considerably more palatable to read than similar texts have in the past. The accompanying images and graphs are good throughout, and helped me to build on my understanding of the material by offering numerous visual cues. That being said, the concision of the writing often reduced the subjects and terminology into ideas beyond full c
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Used for UCLA's LS1 class

Zimmer dryly covers a lot of basic terminology in biology, which makes this a pretty average textbook. He includes a lot of specific anecdotes of animals to make his point and then adds a picture of the animal, which I thought was the best part of the book. The pictures are colorful and a warm welcome when faced with a page of dry text defining some obscure term in biology. Plus, whereas you'll never care (or, in my case, remember) what the Buri experiment is, at least y
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Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this text for BWU's Bio310: Evolution and thoroughly enjoyed it. The text is easy to read and understand. The authors provide many examples and illustrations to tie concepts to real life. Likewise, the graphs and charts are accessible. I would precariously suggest that they improve one or two chapters that are heavier on math.

Nevertheless, this text is perfect for students and enthusiasts who want to leant more about evolution.
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Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great textbook on evolution, a pleasure to read and explains things well. Lots of great illustrations, figures and tables. The index could be better.
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Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times and the author of 13 books about science. His latest book, She Has Her Mother's Laugh, will be published in June 2018. Zimmer is a frequent guest on Radiolab and has written hundreds of articles for magazines such as National Geographic, The Atlantic, and Wired. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been name ...more
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