Exploring Evolution

by Michael Alan Park

London: Vivays, 2012. 160 pages.

“The combination of compelling illustrations and lucid text makes it the perfect antidote to (and certainly not to be confused with) the cryptocreationist publication Explore Evolution,” writes reviewer Rebecca A. Reiss. “Exploring Evolution is written without a trace of the condescending tone that characterizes other publications on this topic. Park takes a holistic approach to evolutionary science and conveys his enthusiasm with language appropriate for a general audience.

Evolution Challenges: Integrating Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning about Evolution

edited by Karl S. Rosengren, Sarah K. Brem, E. Margaret Evans, and Gale M. Sinatra

New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 504 pages.

Reviewer Tania Lombrozo describes Evolution Challenges as “a broad-ranging volume that straddles basic research on evolutionary understanding and educational practice. As a result, it’s likely to have something new for both teachers and researchers, and may be of interest to general readers hoping to learn more about the psychological underpinnings of people’s understanding (or misunderstanding) and acceptance (or rejection) of evolution. The chapters are well written and fairly accessible, but this ...

Tree-Thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology

by David Baum and Stacey Smith

Greenwood Village (CO): Roberts & Company, 2012. 496 pages.

“Until reviewing this text, I had yet to find a valuable text resource that explains tree thinking on a conceptual level appropriate for people new to the subject,” writes reviewer Kristy L. Halverson. “This text did not disappoint. … I was pleasantly surprised at how incredibly easy it was to read this text.

The Fact of Evolution

by Cameron M. Smith

Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2011. 346 pages.

Reviewer Eric W. Dewar writes, “The Fact of Evolution presents itself as a means to end the argument over evolution by portraying evolution as the unavoidable logical consequence of replication, variation, and selection.” He appreciated the book’s extensive survey of the literature of evolution, but took issue with its choice of examples, its ahistorical treatment of evolution, its neglect of common misconceptions about evolution, and its idiosyncratic choices of terminology.

Evo: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask about Evolution

directed by John Feldman

Spencertown (NY): Hummingbird Films, 2011. 107 minutes.

Evo “provides clear explanations for some of the basic principles of evolution and the history of life on the earth,” writes reviewer Mitchell B. Cruzan. “The film is structured around explanations of evolution by attendees at [a] conference—some of the best known researchers in the field of evolutionary biology.

Evolving: The Human Effect and Why It Matters

by Daniel J. Fairbanks

Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2012. 328 pages.

“This sweeping summary of why the general public should understand the recent evidence for human evolution is an ambitious stab at rectifying the pitiful state of science teaching currently masquerading as modern biological education in many of our schools and universities,” writes reviewer Rebecca L. Cann.

Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology, second ed.

by Annalisa Berta, James L Sumich, and Kit M Kovacs
San Diego (CA): Academic Press, 2005. 560 pages.

Writing in the Quarterly Review of Biology, Philip Gingerich described Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology as an "excellent introduction to the whole spectrum of marine mammal evolution, anatomy, behavior, ecology, and life history" and as "well-organized and very readable." "Our motivation for writing this book was the lack of a comprehensive text on marine mammal biology, particularly one that employs a comparative, phylogenetic approach," the authors explain.

Ecology and Evolution of Darwin's Finches

by Peter R. Grant
Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 1999. 512 pages.

Originally published in 1986, Peter R.

How and Why Species Multiply: The Radiation of Darwin's Finches

by Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant
Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press, 2007. 272 pages.

The culmination of over thirty years of research on Darwin's finches by two leading evolutionary biologists, How and Why Species Multiply uses geography, ecology, behavior, and genetics to trace the evolutionary history of fourteen different finch species as they diverge from a common ancestor about three million years ago. David B. Wake writes, "What really distinguishes the book, of course, is the authority of the authors, who have lived with these birds for many years and have unparalleled familiarity with them.

The Pattern of Evolution

by Niles Eldredge
New York: W. H. Freeman, 1998. 250 pages.

Niles Eldredge, a curator in the Department of Invertebrates at the American Museum of Natural History, may be best known as the coauthor of the concept of "punctuated equilibria". Here Eldredge explores how the physical forces shaping our world relate to the process of biological evolution in the context of the history of ideas on evolution. Praised by Ian Tattersall for "weaving together an extraordinary diversity of information into a single coherent theory of the evolution of the biosphere" and as "smoothly flowing and highly readable".