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Improbable destinies : fate, chance, and the future of evolution

by Losos, Jonathan B. (Author)

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A Harvard museum curator draws on the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary biology to examine how tiny, random convergences, from mutations to butterfly sneezes, have triggered remarkable evolutionary changes. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction. The good dinosaur
  • Part one. Nature's doppelgängers
  • Evolutionary déjà vu
  • Replicated reptiles
  • Evolutionary idiosyncrasy
  • Part two. Experiments in the wild
  • The not-so-glacial pace of evolutionary change
  • Colorful Trinidad
  • Lizard castaways
  • From manure to modern science
  • Evolution in swimming pools and sandboxes
  • Part three. Evolution under the microscope
  • Replaying the tape
  • Breakthrough in a bottle
  • Jots, tittles, and drunken fruit flies
  • The human environment
  • Conclusion. Fate, chance, and the inevitability of humans.