Covering everything from fossilised dinosaurs to intelligent apes, this is an accessible guide to one of the most important scientific theories of all time. Burt Guttman assumes no prior scientific knowledge on the part of the reader, and explains each of the key ideas and concepts, including natural selection, genetics and the evolution of animal behaviour, in a lively and informative way. Looking ahead to the future of evolutionary theory, and assessing its possible implications for the way we understand morality, human nature and our place in the world, this book provides the perfect starting point for understanding what evolution is and why it matters.
1. Diversity, science and evolution 2. Stories in the rocks 3. Biology - some basics 4. A broad view of the process 5. Ecosystems: getting along with the neighbours 6. Making new species 7. Development and macroevolution 8. Human evolution 9. Probability and entropy 10. Problem of creationism