Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Sean B. Carroll
The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom

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“A beautiful and very important book.”—Lewis Wolpert, American Scientist

For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo—Evolutionary Developmental Biology—is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected.

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SEAN B. CARROLL is the author of Remarkable Creatures, a finalist for the National Book Award; The Making of the Fittest, winner of the Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award; and Endless Forms Most Beautiful. He also writes the monthly feature "Remarkable Creatures" for the New York Times "Science Times." An internationally known scientist and leading educator, Dr. Carroll currently heads the Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and is professor of molecular biology and genetics at the University of Wisconsin. He has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science and the Stephen Jay Gould Prize for promoting the public understanding of evolution.

Author Residence: Madison, Wisconsin
Published April 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 365 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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These discoveries, along with the realization that embryonic development builds on repeated modular forms (think of the multiple segments of the human spine) are also clues to complexity: Further tinkering in gene expression and timing can lead to new, specialized appendages like arms and legs or...

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But given the unexpected similarity of protein-coding genes between different species, it becomes clear that what contributes novelty and change - and therefore the materials on which natural selection can act during evolution - is not an alteration in the protein-coding genes so much as subtle c...

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I hope it will not be the latter, even though the vast majority of people who claim to be humbly accepting the Bible are blind to the fact that they use such rhetoric to justify their own arrogance, having equated their own understanding of matters with “what the Bible says” for so long that they...

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