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The fact of evolution

Author: Cameron McPherson Smith
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, ©2011.
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Evolution is often described as a "theory." While this is certainly technically true, it is misleading to dismiss evolution as "just a theory" (an unfounded idea), as opponents of evolution like to do. In this work of popular science, the author, an anthropologist demonstrates that there are few more well-established facts in the scientific canon than that life evolved on Earth. The book presents an introduction to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cameron McPherson Smith
ISBN: 9781616144418 1616144416
OCLC Number: 679931737
Description: 346 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Nullius in verba --
The fact of replication --
The fact of variation --
The fact of selection --
The fact of speciation --
The fact of evolution --
Evolution in action --
The mirror-house of evolution --
The grand illusion.
Responsibility: by Cameron McPherson Smith.

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Evolution is often described as a "theory." While this is certainly technically true, it is misleading to dismiss evolution as "just a theory" (an unfounded idea), as opponents of evolution like to do. In this work of popular science, the author, an anthropologist demonstrates that there are few more well-established facts in the scientific canon than that life evolved on Earth. The book presents an introduction to evolution, using examples from different species to show how replication, variation, and selection are the three factors needed for evolution, but emphasizing that the outcome of the process is not always predictable. The book also covers new discoveries, many of which have occurred in the last twenty years.

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