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Why Sex Matters: A Darwinian Look at Human Behavior

by Bobbi S. Low

Why are men, like other primate males, usually the aggressors and risk takers? Why do women typically have fewer sexual partners? In Why Sex Matters, Bobbi Low ranges from ancient Rome to modern America, from...


Bones and Cartilage: Developmental and Evolutionary Skeletal Biology

by Brian K. Hall

Bones and Cartilage provides the most in-depth review and synthesis assembled on the topic, across all vertebrates. It examines the function, development and evolution of bone and cartilage as tissues, organs...


The Epigenetic Caterpillar: An Alternative to the Neo-Darwinian view of the Peppered Moth Phenomenon

by Maria B O'Hare

Industrial melanism of peppered moths is a famous case of what has often been described as: 'Darwinian evolution via selection in action'. This little book offers an alternative, yet light hearted approach,...


Dinosaurs!

by Scientific American Editors

Terrible lizards. That’s what the word “dinosaurs” means. Yet dinosaurs are not true lizards, and they are not necessarily terrible either. In fact, paleontologists have overturned one misconception after...


The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

by Daniel Cloud

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them...


Integrative Organismal Biology

by Lynn B. Martin, Cameron K. Ghalambor & Art Woods

Integrative Organismal Biology synthesizes current understanding of the causes and consequences of individual variation at the physiological, behavioral and organismal levels. Emphasizing key topics such as...


Coevolution of Animals and Plants: Symposium V, First International Congress of Systematic and Evolutionary Biology, 1973

by Lawrence E. Gilbert & Peter H. Raven

It has long been recognized that plants and animals profoundly affect one another's characteristics during the course of evolution. However, the importance of coevolution as a dynamic process involving such...


Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

by Bill Nye & Corey S. Powell

"Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of...


The Search for Our Cosmic Ancestry

by Chandra Wickramasinghe

The idea that life is a cosmic, rather than a purely terrestrial phenomenon, has progressed from scientific heresy to mainstream science within the short timespan of a few decades. The theory of cometary panspermia...


Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution's Greatest Puzzle

by Andreas Wagner

"Natural selection can preserve innovations, but it cannot create them. Nature's many innovations-some uncannily perfect-call for natural principles that accelerate life's ability to innovate."

Darwin's theory...


Mind and Reality: The Space-Time Window

by Wolfram Schommers

The relationship between mind and reality is usually perceived as an event that takes place in reality and producing simultaneously an internal image in the mind. So it takes place twice, so to speak, and there...


At the Water's Edge: Fish with Fingers, Whales with Legs, and How Life Came Ashore but Then Went Back to Sea

by Carl Zimmer

Everybody Out of the Pond

At the Water's Edge will change the way you think about your place in the world. The awesome journey of life's transformation from the first microbes 4 billion years ago to Homo sapiens...


Phylogeography of California: An Introduction

by Kristina A. Schierenbeck

Phylogeography of California examines the evolution of a variety of taxa-ancient and recent, native and migratory-to elucidate evolutionary events both major and minor that shaped the distribution, radiation,...


Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

by Jim Davies

Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some...


Understanding Biocentrism: The True Nature of the Universe Revealed: Discover How Life and Consciousness Unveil the True Nature of The Universe

by Peter Thomas

Have You Ever Wondered About The True Nature Of The Universe? What Is Beyond The Mysterious Beyond? Is There Another Life Somewhere? While many explorers are trying to find answers to our questions, Dr. Robert...


Aristotle's Ladder: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order

by J. David. Archibald

Leading paleontologist David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on human beings’ perception of their place in...


Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics

by Zvi Artstein

In this accessible and illuminating study of how the science of mathematics developed, a veteran math researcher and educator looks at the ways in which  our evolutionary makeup is both a help and a hindrance...


Virtual Organisms

by Mark Daniel Ward & Mark Ward

Harmless artificial life forms are on the loose on the Internet. Computer viruses and even robots are now able to evolve like their biological counterparts. Telecommunications companies are sending small packets...


Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves

by Laurel Braitman

** “Science Friday” Summer Reading Pick**

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“[A] lovely, big-hearted book…brimming with compassion and the tales of the many,...


Charles Darwin in Cambridge: The Most Joyful Years

by JOHN VAN WYHE

Charles Darwin's years as a student at the University of Cambridge were some of the most important and formative of his life. Thereafter he always felt a particular affection for Cambridge. For a time he even...