Understanding Evolution and Ourselves by Dennis Littrell

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This is an extraordinary book. There is nothing quite like it in the literature. What Dennis Littrell does is review some of the great tomes of evolution, especially recent evolution, written by some of the most glittering luminaries and critique them in a way that few people can. Littrell has the knowledge, but more importantly, he has the freedom to candidly and insightfully evaluate and criticize what evolutionary biologists, evolutionary psychologists and others from similar disciplines have written. The book is divided into six chapters: Human Evolution, Evolution vs. Creationism, Evolution Writ Small, Evolutionary Psychology, Evolution in General, and Evolution and the Future. There is an index of titles and another index of authors reviewed. Most of the famous names in evolutionary biology are here, such as Richard Dawkins, Jared Diamond, Niles Eldredge, Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Lewontin, Bobbi S. Low, Ernst Mayr, Ian Tattersall, Edward O. Wilson, Richard Wrangham, and of course Charles Darwin, and about eighty-five more including outstanding science journalists such as Matt Ridley, Nicholas Wade and Richard Wright. Littrell writes in a lively, often satirical style that stings his targets and delights his readers, but most significantly, his reviews inform. In many respects this book amounts to not just an introduction to the excitement of what is happening in evolutionary biology today, but can be seen as a course in evolution for the general reader. Don’t miss this book!

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Published January 18, 2012 by Dennis Littrell. 234 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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