Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 215 pages.
Concluding his review of
Borrello’s history of group selection, E. G.
Leigh Jr. summarizes: “Those acquainted
with the group selection controversy might
benefit from this book. I earned much of interest from it
about various aspects of the controversy. On the other
hand, it makes a poor introduction to the controversy, because
it communicates a very inadequate understanding
of why opponents of group selection were so sure that it
could rarely be effective.
New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2010. 320 pages.
Reviewer Pat Shipman regards
the individual chapters of Written in Stone
as good, particularly the opening chapter on
the overselling of Darwinius masillae: “For
a student wanting to brush up quickly on, say, human or
horse evolution, this book will be a treasure trove.” But she
laments the lack of any overarching structure or theme to
Albany (NY): State University of New York Press, 2009. 245 pages.
Reviewer A. Bowdoin Van Riper
explains, “Lyons’s concern is with subjects
from the outer edges of Victorian science:
sea serpents, phrenology, spiritualism, and the spiritual
dimensions (if any) of human evolution.
“This is a
history of evolutionary ideas over the last
two centuries illustrated by the lives and the
achievements of diverse individuals, many
familiar but others less so,” reviewer Aubrey Manning
York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 482
Reviewer Sherrie Lyons describes
Natural Selection & Beyond as “a valuable
and welcome addition, elucidating the many
different facets of this complicated and talented man.” The
essays in the first part of the book consider Wallace as
a field biologist and collector. The essays in the second
part consider Wallace’s other interests, including his views
on socialism, eugenics, and spiritualism.
Ithaca (NY): Paleontological
Research Institution and Cornell University
Library, 2009. 156 pages.
focuses on Darwin’s later years, and
thus tells “a further story about Darwin’s
accomplishments, some in quite esoteric fields (such
as barnacles or earthworms and their effects in soils,”
writes reviewer Sara B. Hoot.
Berkeley (CA): University of California Press, 2008. 288 pages.
Nature’s Clocks,” writes reviewer John W
Geissman, “Doug Macdougall provides an
exceptionally well-written and engaging
description ... of how we know what we know about
absolute age determinations and thus about our attempts
to unravel the uncertainties of deep time.