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Convergent Evolution: Limited Forms Most Beautiful

by George R. McGhee
Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, 2011. 321 pages.

Reviewer Kevin Padian praises Convergent Evolution as “a great compendium of information (there are dozens of tables in the book laying out examples of functional and ecological convergence in a huge range of animals, plants, ecosystems, and molecules)” and as “well written and a really stimulating read for graduates and undergraduates alike,” adding, “A whole lot of term papers will find inspiration in this book.” Padian noted, “I found some points that perplexed me in the treatments of critters with which I have at least a slight familiarity,” but explained, “most merely involve a particular choice of words or an angle from which to view the problem.”