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The Major Transitions in Evolution Revisited

edited by Brett Calcott and Kim Sterelny

Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, 2011. 319 pages.

“In 1995, with the publication of their book The Major Transitions in Evolution … , John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry introduced a new way of thinking about the ‘big picture’ of the history of life on Earth,” explains reviewer Derek Turner, a way that the papers in Calcott and Sterelny’s collection explore, extend, and critique. Warning that the book is not for the beginner, Turner adds, “The contributors include a mix of scientists and philosophers of biology. The quality of the papers is very high, and even those who are already familiar with the issues will learn a great deal from them.”