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The Monkey’s Voyage

by Alan de Queiroz

New York: Basic Books, 2014. 368 pages.

“In The Monkey’s Voyage, de Queiroz argues that long-distance dispersal is a crucial process in biogeography, and that vicariance biogeography, ‘while taking advantage of cladistics and incorporating continental drift, also made a turn down an intellectual cul-de-sac,’” writes reviewer Nicholas J. Matzke.

The Princeton Guide to Evolution

edited by Jonathan B Losos

Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 2013. 880 pages.

The Princeton Guide to Evolution is intended for undergraduate and graduate students, scientists in fields related to evolutionary biology, and others with a serious interest in evolution,” writes reviewer Marvalee H Wake. “[I]t will enhance the libraries of all who teach, at almost any level; students who want to know more about particular topics of interest; and the public, which has long deserved an authoritative and objective presentation of the many facets of evolutionary biology.

Evolution and Medicine

by Robert L Perlman

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 162 pages.

“Robert Perlman’s Evolution and Medicine is packed with technical details, current research, and important discussions of a number of areas of concern in evolutionary medicine,” writes reviewer Wenda Trevathan, although she warns, “It is not an ‘easy read,’ however, and potential readers must be prepared to pay attention.” In the end, she concludes, “It is an excellent resource for those desiring to understand evolutionary medicine beyond the more generalized and popular writings and will be especially usefu

Understanding Galápagos: What You’ll See and What It Means

by Randy Moore and Sehoya Cotner

New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014. 425 pages.

Reviewer Kenneth Saladin writes, “for true insight and delightful reading while cruising from one island to the next, you can’t do better than Moore and Cotner. This is clearly the most biologically intelligent guidebook to the Galápagos for those who want more than just a species description, location, and a bit of behavior and natural history of each species. … its evolutionary insightfulness and up-to-date information amply repay the investment.”

Microbes and Evolution

edited by Roberto Kolter and Stanley Maloy

Washington DC: ASM Press, 2012. 299 pages.

“The book is divided up into thirty-nine short essays, written by leaders in the field,” explains reviewer Tara C Smith. However, this is not a textbook by any means; the essays are largely personal notes, reflecting on the writers’ careers, how they ended up where they are, and the roles they and colleagues have played in advancing evolutionary theory via their study of microbes.” Although the writing is uneven, Smith recommends the anthology both for biologists and for lay readers.

Relentless Evolution

by John N Thompson

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 512 pages.

Relentless Evolution “painstakingly details the case that evolutionary change happens rapidly, and that evolution profoundly affects interactions between species,” writes reviewer Christopher Irwin Smith. The book offers numerous “examples where rapid evolutionary change has been observed, and presents a compelling case that these changes are important in a broad array of fields ....

The Spirit of the Hive: The Mechanisms of Social Evolution

by Robert E Page Jr

Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press, 2013. 226 pages.

In The Spirit of the Hive, explains reviewer James H Hunt, Page describes his work on how “variation among honey bee colonies can reflect variation in the underlying mechanisms of behavior and development in non-reproducing individuals in ways that could underlie adaptation at the colony level,” thus providing “an excellent example of how simple yet elegant experiments can be used to generate deep insights into the processes of evolution.” He warns, though, that “it will be more easily accessible to scientis

Odd Couples: Extraordinary Differences between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom

by Daphne J Fairbairn

Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 2013. 312 pages.

In Odd Couples, writes reviewer Robert M Cox, “[t]he writing is accessible and the scientific jargon is usually kept to a minimum. Nonetheless, the style is very much in the tradition of scientific writing, and academics will find the comforting familiarity of tables, figures, and citations from the primary literature.

Exploring Evolution

by Michael Alan Park

London: Vivays, 2012. 160 pages.

“The combination of compelling illustrations and lucid text makes it the perfect antidote to (and certainly not to be confused with) the cryptocreationist publication Explore Evolution,” writes reviewer Rebecca A. Reiss. “Exploring Evolution is written without a trace of the condescending tone that characterizes other publications on this topic. Park takes a holistic approach to evolutionary science and conveys his enthusiasm with language appropriate for a general audience.

The Universe Within

by Neil Shubin

New York: Pantheon Books, 2013. 240 pages.

In the sequel to Your Inner Fish, writes reviewer Alycia Stigall, “Shubin takes an even more expansive approach to explaining how humans came to occupy our place in this world—and indeed how this world even came to be a place for us to occupy. … Moreover, he deftly intersperses his discussion of evolutionary innovations with anecdotes about the scientists and studies that generated these insights.


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