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DNA, the genetic blueprint of all creatures, is a stunningly rich and detailed record of evolution. Every change or new trait, from the gaudy colors of tropical birds to our color vision with which we admire them, is due to changes in DNA that leave a record and can be traced. Just as importantly, the DNA evidence has revealed several profound surprises about how evolution actually works. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
|Preface: Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt||p. 13|
|Introduction: The Bloodless Fish of Bouvet Island||p. 19|
|The Everyday Math of Evolution: Chance, Selection, and Time||p. 41|
|Immortal Genes: Running in Place for Eons||p. 69|
|Making the New from the Old||p. 91|
|Fossil Genes: Broken Pieces of Yesterday's Life||p. 117|
|Deja Vu: How and Why Evolution Repeats Itself||p. 139|
|Our Flesh and Blood: Arms Races, the Human Race, and Natural Selection||p. 153|
|The Making and Evolution of Complexity||p. 189|
|Seeing and Believing||p. 215|
|The Palm Trees of Wyoming||p. 249|
|Sources and Further Reading||p. 269|
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