The Evolution of Life

ISBN : 9780198712572

Graham Bell
496 ページ
195 x 266 mm

The Evolution of Life stands alone amongst the major textbooks by focusing on key principles to offer a truly accessible, unintimidating treatment of evolutionary biology. With adaptation through natural selection - how the integrated complexity of living organisms comes about - as its central theme, the book adopts a lucid, crystal-clear narrative to explain the mechanism of evolution and its main outcomes. Chapters are grouped into six themed parts - basics, history, origins, adaptation, selection, and interaction - and the text is regularly interspersed with descriptive headings that set out a clear path through the subject. The Evolution of Life is written to instil a true understanding of the essential principles of evolutionary biology without that understanding being compromised by peripheral detail. As such, it is the ideal introduction for any student encountering this fascinating subject for the first time. Online Resource Centre The Evolution of Life is supported by the following online resources: For registered adopters: - Figures from the book in electronic format for use in lectures - A set of exam questions for each chapter - Journal Clubs: discussion questions that guide students through research papers related to each chapter For students: - Programs and interactive spreadsheets related to activities posed in the book


Section 1: Basics
1. The evidence for evolution
2. The engine of evolution
Section 2: History
3. The tree of life
4. The diversity of life
5. The ancestry of life
Section 3: Origins
6. The origin of variation
7. The origin of species
8. The origin of innovation
Section 4: Adaptation
9. Adaptation and evolved design
10. Evolving bodies
11. The dynamic genome
Section 5: Selection
12. Artificial selection
13. Experimental evolution
14. Selection in natural populations
Section 6: Interaction
15. Sexual selection
16. Cooperation and conflict
17. Symbiosis and struggle


Graham Bell is a James McGill Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at McGill University, Montreal, where his research explores genetic variation and species diversity in environments that vary in space and time. Having published over 120 research papers in refereed journals, he is also the author of Selection: the mechanism of evolution (second edition, OUP, 2007).