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2187547 Zimmer, Carl:
The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution
  Preis:   € 36,00

Einband: Hardcover
Verlag: Roberts and Company Publishers
Erscheinungsdatum: 2009
Seiten: 394 S.

ISBN-10: 0-9815194-7-4   
ISBN-13: 9780-9815194-7-0


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Beschreibung
The Tangled Bank is the first textbook about evolution intended for the general reader. Zimmer, an award-winning science writer, takes readers on a fascinating journey into the latest discoveries about evolution. In the Canadian Arctic, paleontologists unearth fossils documenting the move of our ancestors from sea to land. In the outback of Australia, a zoologist tracks some of the world's deadliest snakes to decipher the 100-million-year evolution of venom molecules. In Africa, geneticists are gathering DNA to probe the origin of our species. In clear, non-technical language, Zimmer explains the central concepts essential for understanding new advances in evolution, including natural selection, genetic drift, and sexual selection. He demonstrates how vital evolution is to all branches of modern biology--from the fight against deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the analysis of the human genome. Richly illustrated with over 300 illustrations and photographs, The Tangled Bank is essential reading for anyone who wants understand the history of life on Earth.
Inhalt
1. Evolution: An Introduction

2. From Natural Philosophy to Modern Biology

3. What the Rocks Say

4. The Tree of Life

5. Evolution’s Molecules

6. The Ways of Change: Mutation, Drift, and Selection

7. The History in our Genes

8. Adaptation: From Genes to Traits

9. The Origin of Species

10. Radiations and Extinctions: Biodiversity through the Ages

11. Intimate Partnerships: The Evolution of Friends and Enemies

12. Sex and Family

13. Evolutionary Medicine

14. Minds and Microbes: The Evolution of Behavior

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Carl Zimmer is one of the country's leading science writers. A regular contributor to the New York Times and magazines like Scientific American and Discover, he is the author of six books, including Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea and Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life. He has won numerous awards from institutions including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Institute of Biological Sciences. You can learn more at the author’s website: www.carlzimmer.com.
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