The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach


The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach — the new journal promoting the accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience — is now published. The theme for the issue (volume 5, number 2) is evolutionary developmental biology, edited by Katherine E. Willmore. Articles include "An Introduction to Evolutionary Developmental Biology"; "Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo-Devo): Past, Present, and Future"; "The Intelligent Egg, and How It Got That Way: From Genes to Genius in a Few Easy Lessons"; "Heterochrony: The Evolution of Development"; "The Body Plan Concept and Its Centrality in Evo-Devo"; and "Coming to Grips with Evolvability." Plus there are various articles on the teaching of evolution, book reviews, and commentaries.

Also included is the latest installment of NCSE's regular column, Overcoming Obstacles to Evolution Education. In "Evolution by Squinches," NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch reviews Jay Hosler's Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth (Hill and Wang, 2012). "In the far future, or perhaps on a forbidden, doomed, and/or cubical planet, or possibly in a strange parallel dimension, cartoons and comics are, without exception, biologically accurate," Branch writes. "And there, of course, it would seem strange and unnecessary to applaud a book like Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth for the altogether mundane achievement of providing a lively, accurate, and delightful explanation of evolution in the form of a graphic novel. Here, on the other hand, the applause is entirely in order."