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The Evolving World: Evolution in Everyday Life.


The ideas behind evolutionary biology have, since the publication of Darwin's writings, become ingrained in everyday culture. Despite recent arguments against evolution by advocates of creationism and intelligent design, the scientific evidence for evolution is readily apparent in many arenas, writes Mindell, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. He describes the evolutionary changes that people have induced in crops, livestock, and pets. The notion of evolution and biodiversity shows up again and again, Mindell points out, in the development of drugs made possible by genetic variations in plants, in the conservation of ecosystems, and as metaphor when applied to languages. The author concludes by looking at the role that evolution has played in people's thinking. Harvard, 2006, 352 p., hardcover, $24.95,
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Date:May 20, 2006
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