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Evolution: The Basics

1st Edition

By Sherrie Lyons


200 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Evolution: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the history, development and science of the theory of evolution. Beginning pre-Darwin and concluding with the latest research and controversies, readers are introduced to the origins of the idea of evolution, the ways in which it has developed and been adapted over time and the science underpinning it all. Topics addressed include:

• early theories of evolution

• the impact of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

• the discovery of genetics and Mendel’s experiments

• molecular evolution and the discovery of DNA

• the expansion of life and the persistence of disease

• revisiting evolutionary ethics and the development of empathy.

Evolution: The Basics examines the role of evolution in current debates and discusses the possible future developments in the field. This book is invaluable reading for all students and individuals seeking to understand the wide ranging sphere of evolutionary theory.


‘Lyons (SUNY Empire State College) has written a concise, well-presented primer on the evolution of the original theory of evolution… The last two chapters, offer insightful and enlightened treatments of evolution on a dynamic continuum.’- J. N. Muzio, CUNY Kingsborough Community College, Choice Review February 2012

Table of Contents

List of figures Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Darwinian Cosmos 2. The Development of a Theory 3. The Maturation of a Theory 4. Expanding the Modern Synthesis 5. Human Evolution 6. Origins, the Expanion of Life and the Persistance of Disease 7. Humankind's Future: An Evolutionary Perspective. Glossary. Bibliography

About the Author

Sherrie Lyons is Assistant Professor at the Center for Distance Learning of Empire State College, State University of New York. She is author of Species, Serpents, Spirits, and Skulls: Science at the Margins in the Victorian Age and Thomas Henry Huxley: The Evolution of a Scientist.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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