Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science

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ABC-CLIO, Aug 15, 2011 - Science - 318 pages

Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science provides readers with a single source for the scientific evidence supporting evolution. The book shows how scientists have tested the predictions of evolutionary theory and created an unshakeable foundation of evidence supporting its truth. As such, it demonstrates how evolution serves as a case study for understanding the scientific method and presents a logical model for scientific inquiry.

The evidence for evolution is presented historically and topically in an accessible, example-rich, and logical format, using an arsenal of examples that goes beyond the typical textbook matter. The chapters are structured around a series of hypotheses that the authors put to the test, amassing evidence on fossils, comparative anatomy, molecules, and evolutionary biology in order to conclude that evolution is scientific fact. Learning about this fascinating field is enhanced through "see for yourself" examples that include original data and figures from key historical and contemporary papers in evolutionary biology.

 

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Contents

Understanding the Natural World Evolution and the Process of Science
1
Age of Earth
13
Fossils
37
Biogeography
77
Molecular Evidence for Evolution
107
Anatomical Evidence for Evolution
123
Conflict and Cooperation Part I Behavior
135
Conflict and Cooperation Part II Coevolution
161
Human Evolution
179
Charles Darwins On the Origin of Species 1859 first edition Chapters IV Natural Selection and XIV Recapitulation and Conclusion
207
The Geologic Timescale
257
Major Species of Known Hominins
263
Glossary
267
References
285
Index
311
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Sehoya Cotner, PhD, is associate professor of teaching in the biology program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Randy Moore, PhD, is professor in the biology program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

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