Evolution: A Very Short Introduction available in Paperback
In this Very Short Introduction Brian and Deborah Charlesworth provide a clear and concise summary of the process of evolution by natural selection, and how natural selection gives rise to adaptations and eventually, over many generations, to new species. They introduce the central concepts of the field of evolutionary biology, as they have developed since Darwin and Wallace on the subject, over 140 years ago, and discuss some of the remaining questions regarding processes. They highlight the wide range of evidence for evolution, and the importance of an evolutionary understanding for instance in combating the rapid evolution of resistance by bacteria to antibiotics and of HIV to antiviral drugs.
This reissue includes some key updates to the main text and a completely updated Further Reading section.
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About the Author
Deborah Charlesworth is a Senior Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, and former President of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology.
Together they have written Elements of Evolutionary Genetics (Roberts & Company, 2010).
Table of Contents
2. The processes of evolution
3. The evidence for evolution: similarities and differences between organisms
4. The evidence for evolution: patterns in time and space
5. Adaptation and natural selection
6. The formation and divergence of species
7. Some difficult problems