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The Evolutionary World: How Adaptation Explains Everything from Seashells to Civilization

by Geerat Vermeij
New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2010. 336 pages.

Reviewer Joseph S. Levine writes that The Evolutionary World is filled “with delights for the mind ranging from astute observations of morphological minutiae to intriguing hypotheses and syntheses—all selected to show how an evolutionary perspective can yield ‘an emotionally satisfying, aesthetically pleasing, and deeply meaningful worldview in which the human condition is bathed in a new light.’ The book is a joy to read, both for its often lyrical prose, and for its provocative hypotheses.” Especially welcome were the vignettes from Vermeij’s own life and career, which “inform his theses without dominating the exposition.”