Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating

by Leslie Brunetta and Catherine L. Craig
New Haven [CT]: Yale University Press, 2010. 248 pages.

Reviewer Joe Lapp writes, “Spider Silk is written for the layperson. It requires no advanced knowledge of spiders, biology, or evolution. It strives to provide all the background a reader might need. It goes out of its way to explain basic ideas in evolution and to address a few misunderstandings that laypeople often have about evolution.” Especially admired were two complementary themes: “that the story of the evolution of spiders is the story of the evolution of spider silk … [and] that small changes in a spider’s silk genes can correspond to dramatic changes in a spider’s phenotype.”