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Evolution: A Very Short Introduction
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Focus Two distinguished biologists tell you what evolution is about, in a crystal-clear fashion. It's refreshing to read a clear, non-polemic account of the truth, which you rarely get in popular science writing.
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<br>Brian Charlesworth is Royal Society Research Professor at the Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology, University of Edinburgh, and President of the Society for the Study Evolution. His research is mainly in evolutionary genetics, applying classical and molecular genetics to the study of evolution and natural variation. He is author of Evolution in Age-Structured Populations (CUP, 2nd edn. 1994) Deborah Charlesworth is Professor in the ICABP at Edinburgh. Her research focuses on the evolution of plant breeding systems, including how they avoid inbreeding, and work on sex chromosomes and self-incompatibility.<br>
1. Introduction; 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; Further Reading