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The theory of evolution unites the past, present, and future of living things. It puts humanity's place in the universe into necessary perspective. Despite a history of controversy, the evidence for evolution continues to accumulate as a result of many separate strands of amazing scientific sleuthing. In The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero explores The theory of evolution unites the past, present, and future of living things. It puts humanity's place in the universe into necessary perspective. Despite a history of controversy, the evidence for evolution continues to accumulate as a result of many separate strands of amazing scientific sleuthing. In The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero explores the most fascinating breakthroughs in piecing together the evidence for evolution. In twenty-five vignettes, he recounts the dramatic stories of the people who made crucial discoveries, placing each moment in the context of what it represented for the progress of science. He tackles topics like what it means to see evolution in action and what the many transitional fossils show us about evolution, following figures from Darwin to lesser-known researchers as they unlock the mysteries of the fossil record, the earth, and the universe. The book also features the stories of animal species strange and familiar, including humans--and our ties to some of our closest relatives and more distant cousins. Prothero's wide-ranging tales showcase awe-inspiring and bizarre aspects of nature and the powerful insights they give us into the way that life works. Brisk and entertaining while firmly grounded in fundamental science, The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries is a captivating read for anyone curious about the evidence for evolution and what it means for humanity.


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The theory of evolution unites the past, present, and future of living things. It puts humanity's place in the universe into necessary perspective. Despite a history of controversy, the evidence for evolution continues to accumulate as a result of many separate strands of amazing scientific sleuthing. In The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero explores The theory of evolution unites the past, present, and future of living things. It puts humanity's place in the universe into necessary perspective. Despite a history of controversy, the evidence for evolution continues to accumulate as a result of many separate strands of amazing scientific sleuthing. In The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero explores the most fascinating breakthroughs in piecing together the evidence for evolution. In twenty-five vignettes, he recounts the dramatic stories of the people who made crucial discoveries, placing each moment in the context of what it represented for the progress of science. He tackles topics like what it means to see evolution in action and what the many transitional fossils show us about evolution, following figures from Darwin to lesser-known researchers as they unlock the mysteries of the fossil record, the earth, and the universe. The book also features the stories of animal species strange and familiar, including humans--and our ties to some of our closest relatives and more distant cousins. Prothero's wide-ranging tales showcase awe-inspiring and bizarre aspects of nature and the powerful insights they give us into the way that life works. Brisk and entertaining while firmly grounded in fundamental science, The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries is a captivating read for anyone curious about the evidence for evolution and what it means for humanity.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Mitev

    Еволюцията е научен факт. Още с излизането на "Произход на видовете" през 1859 г. еволюционната теория си печели много врагове. Ако смятате, че човекът е създаден от бог "по свой образ и подобие" може да спрете да четете нататък и да се върнете към удобните си илюзии. Еволюцията е неспирен процес, съществуващ още от възникването на първите живи организми. Дори сравнително образовани хора имат изцяло погрешни или напълно остраели и отхвърлени идеи за еволюцията. В книгата "История на еволюцията в Еволюцията е научен факт. Още с излизането на "Произход на видовете" през 1859 г. еволюционната теория си печели много врагове. Ако смятате, че човекът е създаден от бог "по свой образ и подобие" може да спрете да четете нататък и да се върнете към удобните си илюзии. Еволюцията е неспирен процес, съществуващ още от възникването на първите живи организми. Дори сравнително образовани хора имат изцяло погрешни или напълно остраели и отхвърлени идеи за еволюцията. В книгата "История на еволюцията в 25 открития" се разбиват митове и се дават научни доказателства на разбираем за широката публика език. Авторът Доналд Протхеро е професор по геология и водещо име в скептичната общност. Редовно публикува статии в списанията The Skeptic и Skeptical Inqiurer, които винаги чакам с нетърпение. Книгата е разделена на 25 глави, разглеждащи различни аспекти на еволюцията. Доказателствата са многобройни, разнообразни и категорични. Припомних си важни научни концепции като хомоложни органи, аналогни органи, преходни форми. Разбрах, че терминът "липсващо звено" е тотално остарял, отхвърлен и лишен от биологичен смисъл. Прочетете книгата, за да разберете защо. Разликите между хората от различните раси са по-малки от разликите между горилите от централна и източна Африка. Всички съвременни хора произхождат от сравнително малобройна популация, живяла преди няколко десетки хиляди години. Това обяснява огромното сходство в ДНК, молекулярни механизми, анатомични и физилогични особености. В книгата са изброени (дори прекалено подробно) преходните форми, довели до съвременните коне, жирафи и примати. Обяснено е защо еволюцията не е перфектен процес, а такъв, който е "достатъчно добър" за оцеляване и репродукция на индивида. Примерите за неоптимален "дизайн" при човека са многобройни - лесната ранимост на кръсните връзки в коляното, разположението на отворите на синусите, които често водят до възпаление, третият кътник ("мъдрец"), създаващ проблеми на много хора, промените в таза, които в миналото са водели до смърт при раждане, разположението на левия рекурентен ларингеален нерв, който се увива около аортата и много други. Книгите за еволюцията не са всеки. Специално тази е по-трудна за четене от леките популярни четива. Но ако търсите научната истина, ще я намерите тук в най-чист вид.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Craig Amason

    I am always interested in books on evolution and have read some classics through the years, a few of which Prothero refers to in this innovative approach to the topic. Using major evidentiary discoveries, some old and some recent, is a clever way to demonstrate how the case for Darwinian evolution is irrefutable to anyone with a critical and open mind. I like how Prothero mixes historic familiar discoveries from the 19th century with observable examples of evolution happening right now. The midd I am always interested in books on evolution and have read some classics through the years, a few of which Prothero refers to in this innovative approach to the topic. Using major evidentiary discoveries, some old and some recent, is a clever way to demonstrate how the case for Darwinian evolution is irrefutable to anyone with a critical and open mind. I like how Prothero mixes historic familiar discoveries from the 19th century with observable examples of evolution happening right now. The middle chapters of the book get a little heavy for the average reader (like me), especially the explanations of evolutionary activity on the cellular, molecular and genetic levels. Still, the data are plentiful, and Prothero is generous with the details. He provides solid examples of how what happens under the microscope is exhibited in the macroscopic world we all observe. The most entertaining parts of the book were his chapters focusing on the evolution of specific members of the animal kingdom, such as horses, elephants, and giraffes. Of special interest to me was his discussions of vestigial organs and diseases in humans, helping to dispel the notion of perfect design. The section on human origins, with a plethora of recent discoveries of our evolutionary ancestors, was a great refresher course for me. It has been years since I read anything about this subject, and there have been an amazing number of contributions to the scholarship on hominid development. Of course, Charles Darwin is a key player in the evolutionary drama that Prothero produces here, but there are other less prominent figures to consider as well, along with many of the scientists working in the field today, including people like Richard Dawkins. Perhaps the real strength of the book comes from Prothero's willingness to take on evolution/science deniers by answering some of the more common challenges to the "theory" of evolution. I think his most convincing argument is how evolution works more like a tree with many branches, limbs, twigs, etc., instead of the traditional but misguided metaphors such as ladders and chains. As Prothero explains, there is no "missing link" because there is no chain; there is no missing rung because there is no ladder. Evolutionary biology is not linear. It's a messy, tangled web with all kinds of missteps, errors, and engineering flaws that make the notion of divine creationism hardly worth considering at all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Urey Patrick

    Consistently fascinating, ever informative, and often tedious... this is a wonderful work in so many aspects. Prothero is excellent at distilling the histories of key discoveries in the evolution of the science of evolution. He takes the reader back in time, explaining early theories and beliefs and subsequent discoveries and altered thinking that has lead us to our current established knowledge of evolution. I loved these parts – it’s the lead-off narrative of each of his 25 chapters, from the Consistently fascinating, ever informative, and often tedious... this is a wonderful work in so many aspects. Prothero is excellent at distilling the histories of key discoveries in the evolution of the science of evolution. He takes the reader back in time, explaining early theories and beliefs and subsequent discoveries and altered thinking that has lead us to our current established knowledge of evolution. I loved these parts – it’s the lead-off narrative of each of his 25 chapters, from the Age of the Earth (Part I- three chapters )through Darwin’s Evidence for Evolution (Part II- seven chapters), Great Transitions in the History of Life – seven chapters), Eyes and Genes (Part III – four chapters) and finally Humans and Evolution (Part IV – four chapters). He is superb – and it makes for spell binding reading – in his expositions of examples and science – parasitic wasps, natural selection, genetic coding, development of individual species (horses, whales, giraffes, elephants, humans), great apes and our family relationships, and throughout the ever more compelling arguments for the validity of evolution as a whole. It’s wonderfully absorbing and interesting ... The tedious aspect that I alluded to above is the regular recitation of the fossil record in all of its inexorable permutations and developments leading up to the subject of the chapter in hand. It is a laundry list of scientific names, one after other noting the development of features slowly forming into the modern species as we now know it. I suppose this is unavoidable to the topic, but to the extent it is engaged in this text, I found it tedious... certainly not a reason to skip the book though!! Please don’t do that... you would deprive yourself of a revelatory, fascinating and deeply instructive work of scientific writing, well worth the minimal time needed to work through the laundry list of species names and incremental features.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Guy Lenk

    This is a great rundown of the 'story of evolution'. It was full of information and a surprising/delightful engaging read. As an actual working molecular biologist I found that particular section of the book a little light in detail, but doubt most readers will find fault with it. Protehero even gets into the ENCODE project and other very current information/debates about genetics which I found quite admirable. In fact, the only fault is that, for a complete understanding, you will have to read This is a great rundown of the 'story of evolution'. It was full of information and a surprising/delightful engaging read. As an actual working molecular biologist I found that particular section of the book a little light in detail, but doubt most readers will find fault with it. Protehero even gets into the ENCODE project and other very current information/debates about genetics which I found quite admirable. In fact, the only fault is that, for a complete understanding, you will have to read other resources, which is something the author willing acknowledges throughout. I really liked this book and I recommend this book for anyone interested in biological science.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jet

    i got this book for my birthday 2 years ago and i loved it

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Smaiz

    Crazy cool book that teaches you a lot of new things.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Very interesting.

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