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Darwin's Dreampond: Drama on Lake Victoria

by Tijs Goldschmidt
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996. 280 pages.

Like the finches of the Galápagos, the cichlids of Lake Victoria have descended from a recent common ancestor, and radiated, spectacularly, across the range of available ecological niches. In Darwin's Dreampond, Tijs Goldschmidt not only explains the evolution and the ecology of the Lake Victoria cichlids, but also engagingly relates his adventures and misadventures as a researcher in the field. Mark Ridley comments, "The biological story itself is fascinating, and Mr Goldschmidt tells it well.

Evolution in Hawaii

by Steve Olson
Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2004. 56 pages.

Intended as a supplement to Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science, Evolution in Hawaii focuses on the Hawaiian islands as laboratories of evolution in the wild. Included is a speciation exercise in which, as the preface describes it, "Using real genetic data from 18 species of Drosophila flies in Hawaii, students draw evolutionary trees depicting the relationships of the species and investigate the link between speciation and the ages of the Hawaiian islands.

Evolution 101

by Randy Moore and Janice Moore
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. 240 pages.

Randy Moore and Janice Moore's Evolution 101 aims, in the words of its publisher, to provide "readers — whether students new to the field or just interested members of the lay public — with the essential ideas of evolution using a minimum of jargon and mathematics." It succeeds marvelously.

The Making of the Fittest

by Sean B. Carroll
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. 301 pages.

In the preface to The Making of the Fittest, Sean B. Carroll writes, "With DNA science penetrating so many facets of everyday life, it is again time for a new departure and to seek facts of a new kind. My goal in this book is to present a body of new facts about evolution gathered from DNA evidence. ...

The Top 10 Myths About Evolution

by Cameron M. Smith and Charles Sullivan
Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2006. 200 pages.

From the publisher: "In this concise, accessible, 'myth-buster's handbook,' educators Cameron M Smith and Charles Sullivan clearly dispel the ten most common myths about evolution, which continue to mislead average Americans. Using a refreshing, jargon-free style, they set the record straight on claims that evolution is 'just a theory,' that Darwinian explanations of life undercut morality, that Intelligent Design is a legitimate alternative to conventional science, that humans come from chimpanzees, and six other popular but erroneous notions.

From So Simple a Beginning

by Philip Whitfield
New York: Macmillan, 1993. 220 pages.

With more than 400 stunning illustrations including color photographs and diagrams that genuinely clarify the text, this book tells the story of life and lucidly explains evolutionary principles — no misconceptions allowed. Fascinating insets illustrate concepts like mutation and adaptation with phenomena ranging from the sickle-cell gene to the rattlesnake's heat sensors. Foreword by Roger Lewin. Ages 12–grandparent.

Evolution Box Set on VHS

A PBS documentary
WGBH Boston, 2001. 420 minutes.

A wonderful documentary highlighting many key areas of evolution, including its history, modern theory, and its implications. Evolution also features many NCSE supporters and staff members. A must for individuals, students, teachers and professors alike!

Evolution Box Set on DVD

A PBS documentary
WGBH Boston, 2001. 480 minutes.

A wonderful documentary, beautifully rendered on DVD, highlighting many key areas of evolution, including its history, modern theory, and its implications. Evolution also features many NCSE supporters and staff members. A must for individuals, students, teachers and professors alike!

Encyclopedia of Evolution

by Stanley A Rice
New York: Checkmark Books, 2007. 468 pages.

Reviewing Encyclopedia of Evolution for RNCSE, Tim M Berra wrote, "It is not often that one reads an encyclopedia from cover to cover, but this task was more enjoyable than onerous. ... Rice's coverage is broad, interesting, relevant, and informative. If you want examples of Convergent Evolution or a primer on Cladistics, Coevolution, or Creationism, this is a good place to begin. Reading this book would be excellent preparation for graduate school general exams.

Icons of Evolution: An Encyclopedia of People, Evidence, and Controversies

edited by Brian Regal
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 720 pages.

From the publisher: "Students and the general public are frequently confronted with contradictory and confusing claims about the people, ideas, and artifacts that were essential in the development of the science of evolution. Where can they find accurate and understandable information on these important concepts? Icons of Evolution comprises twenty-four in-depth essays on the most famous ideas, artifacts, people and places of evolutionary biology.


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