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Jerry A Coyne

Why Evolution is True

There's been some loud opposition to evolutionary ideas, and this may make people think that evolutionary theory is riddled with holes. In Why Evolution is True Jerry A Coyne argues that this is far from the case, showing strong the evidence for evolution actually is.

The book looks at many different aspects of evolution, including the roles of natural and sexual selection, the presence of vestigial organs, and the messages written in the rocks - what the fossil record tells us about evolutionary change. There is also a discussion of the formation of distinct species and the part geography plays in this. The book moves on to look at the evolution of humans from other apes and ends with a refutation of some of the arguments against evolution.

If you are confused about the status of evolution then this book will certainly help to clarify things. I have to say that I have my doubts about books such as this - for those people who refuse to acknowledge evolution, simply adding more evidence is unlikely to change their minds. However, I think that this one is worth reading anyway, as it gives a highly informative and easy of read introduction to the subject.

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The proof for evolution is vast, varied, and magnificent, drawn from many different fields of scientific inquiry. Today, scientists are documenting species splitting into two, observing animals and plants adapting before our eyes, and finding more and more fossils capturing what happened eons ago―dinosaurs that have sprouted feathers, fish that have grown limbs. In this unique and accessible summary of the facts supporting the theory of natural selection, Jerry A. Coyne eloquently shows that evolution does nothing to destroy the beauty of life, only enhances it. By demonstrating the “indelible stamp” of the processes first proposed by Darwin, Coyne does not aim to prove creationism wrong. Rather, by using irrefutable evidence, he sets out to prove evolution right. “Coyne is as graceful a stylist and as clear a scientific explainer as Darwin himself (no mean feat) . . . One of the best single-volume introductions to evolutionary theory ever.” ―Wired