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Evolution : what the fossils say and why it matters

by Prothero, Donald R.,

Format: Print Book 2017
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QE721.2.E85 P76 2017
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  QE721.2.E85 P76 2017
 
 
Summary
Donald R. Prothero's Evolution is an entertaining and rigorous history of the transitional forms and series found in the fossil record. Its engaging narrative of scientific discovery and well-grounded analysis has led to the book's widespread adoption in courses that teach the nature and value of fossil evidence for evolution. Evolution tackles systematics and cladistics, rock dating, neo-Darwinism, and macroevolution. It includes extensive coverage of the primordial soup, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, and the transformation from early hominid to modern human. The book also details the many alleged "missing links" in the fossil record, including some of the most recent discoveries that flesh out the fossil timeline and the evolutionary process.

In this second edition, Prothero describes new transitional fossils from various periods, vividly depicting such bizarre creatures as the Odontochelys , or the "turtle on the half shell"; fossil snakes with legs; and the "Frogamander," a new example of amphibian transition. Prothero's discussion of intelligent design arguments includes more historical examples and careful examination of the "experiments" and observations that are exploited by creationists seeking to undermine sound science education. With new perspectives, Prothero reframes creationism as a case study in denialism and pseudoscience rather than a field with its own intellectual dynamism. The first edition was hailed as an exemplary exploration of the fossil evidence for evolution, and this second edition will be welcome in the libraries of scholars, teachers, and general readers who stand up for sound science in this post-truth era.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Prothero, a geologist at Occidental College (After the Dinosaurs), explains how rich the fossil record has become. His goal is two-fold. First, he wants to demonstrate the wide variety of transitional forms that have been found, many within the past 20 years. Second, he aims to discredit the creationist movement. "I have tried to document how they routinely distort or deny the evidence, quote out of context, and do many other dishonest and unethical things-all in the name of pushing their crusade." He accomplishes both of his goals (though he can be repetitious regarding the creationists), and his descriptions of recent research, much of it his own, are compelling. Prothero explains that the Cambrian explosion of life forms was anything but an explosion, and presents the impressive transitional fossils between reptiles and birds, along with striking evidence for mammalian evolution, including the relationship among hominid groups. With good science and some specific rebuttals to creationist arguments, this book demonstrates the importance of paleontology to the study of evolution. 208 illus. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Evolutionary paleobiology.
Evolution (Biology)
Paleogeography.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition Second edition.
Contributors Buell, Carl Dennis, illustrator.
Language English
Description xx, 427 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-411) and index.
ISBN 9780231180641
0231180640
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