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The Theory of Evolution

The Theory of Evolution

3rd Edition

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  • Date Published: July 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521451284

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  • All living plants and animals, including man, are the modified descendants of one or a few simple living things. A hundred years ago Darwin and Wallace in their theory of natural selection, or the survival of the fittest, explained how evolution could have happened, in terms of processes known to take place today. In this book John Maynard Smith describes how their theory has been confirmed, but at the same time transformed, by recent research, and in particular by the discovery of the laws of inheritance.

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    'Few people in the world are better qualified than John Maynard Smith to explain evolution to us, and no subject more than evolution deserves such a talented teacher. Like Darwin himself, Maynard Smith knows that his story if intrinsically interesting and important enough to need no more than clear, patient, honest exposition. The new Introduction is an elegant essay which can be recommended in its own right as a summary of important recent developments in evolutionary theory. This book is the best general introduction to the subject now available.' Richard Dawkins, from the Foreword to the Canto edition

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: July 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521451284
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 212 x 149 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Preface to the second edition
    Preface to the third edition
    Foreword to the Canto edition by Richard Dawkins
    Introduction to the Canto edition
    1. Adaptation
    2. The theory of natural selection
    3. Heredity
    4. Weismann, Lamarck and the central dogma
    5. Molecular evolution
    6. The origin and early evolution of life
    7. The structure of chromosomes and the control of gene action
    8. Variation
    9. Artificial selection: some experiments with fruitflies
    10. Natural selection in wild populations
    11. Protein polymorphism
    12. Altruism, social behaviour and sex
    13. What are species?
    14. The origins of species
    15. What keeps species distinct?
    16. The genetics of species differences
    17. The fossil evidence
    18. Evolution and development
    19. Evolution and history
    Further reading

  • Author

    John Maynard Smith, University of Sussex


    Richard Dawkins

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