Not by Genes Alone: How Culture Transformed Human Evolution

By Robert Boyd, Peter J. Richerson

People are a awesome anomaly within the flora and fauna. whereas we're just like different mammals in lots of methods, our habit units us aside. Our unheard of skill to evolve has allowed us to occupy nearly each habitat in the world utilizing a major number of instruments and subsistence suggestions. Our societies are better, extra complicated, and extra cooperative than the other mammal's. during this attractive exploration of human variation, Peter J. Richerson and Robert Boyd argue that just a Darwinian concept of cultural evolution can clarify those specified characteristics.

Not via Genes Alone bargains a thorough interpretation of human evolution, arguing that our ecological dominance and our singular social structures stem from a psychology uniquely tailored to create advanced tradition. Richerson and Boyd illustrate right here that tradition is neither superorganic nor the handmaiden of the genes. particularly, it truly is necessary to human edition, as a lot part of human biology as bipedal locomotion. Drawing on paintings within the fields of anthropology, political technology, sociology, and economics—and construction their case with such interesting examples as kayaks, companies, shrewdpermanent knots, and yams that require twelve males to hold them—Richerson and Boyd convincingly show that tradition and biology are inextricably associated, and so they convey us tips on how to take into consideration their interplay in a fashion that yields a richer knowing of human nature.

In leaving behind the nature-versus-nurture debate as essentially misconceived, Not via Genes Alone is a very unique and groundbreaking idea of the position of tradition in evolution and a ebook to be reckoned with for generations to come.

“I remain shocked through the variety of knowledgeable humans (many of them biologists) who imagine that delivering motives for human habit by way of tradition by some means disproves the recommendation that human habit could be defined in Darwinian evolutionary phrases. thankfully, we've a publication to which they're directed for enlightenment . . . . it's a e-book choked with reliable experience and the types of highbrow rigor and readability of writing that we've got come to anticipate from the Boyd/Richerson stable.”—Robin Dunbar, Nature

Not by means of Genes Alone is a invaluable and intensely readable synthesis of a nonetheless embryonic yet extremely important topic straddling the sciences and humanities.”—E. O. Wilson, Harvard University

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Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

The hot discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new curiosity within the research of human evolution. during this Very brief Introduction, popular evolutionary student Bernard wooden strains the background of paleoanthropology from its beginnings within the eighteenth century to trendy most up-to-date fossil unearths. alongside the way in which we're brought to the energetic solid of characters, prior and current, concerned with evolutionary study. even though targeting the fossil proof for human evolution, the e-book additionally covers the most recent genetic proof approximately nearby diversifications within the sleek human genome that relate to our evolutionary background. wooden attracts on over thirty years of expertise to supply an insiders view of the sphere, and demonstrates that our realizing of human evolution is severely depending on advances in similar sciences comparable to paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology. this can be a great creation for someone drawn to the origins and improvement of humankind.

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What Evolution Is (Science Masters Series)

By Ernst Mayr

At as soon as a lively security of Darwinian factors of biology and a sublime primer on evolution for the overall reader, What Evolution Is poses the questions on the middle of evolutionary thought and considers how our more desirable knowing of evolution has affected the viewpoints and values of recent man.Science Masters Series

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Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females

Conflict among men and women over replica is ubiquitous in nature as a result of primary adjustments among the sexes in reproductive charges and funding in offspring. in just a couple of species, besides the fact that, do men strategically hire violence to regulate lady sexuality. Why are such a lot of of those primates? Why are adult females many times abused in a few species, yet by no means in others? and will the examine of such disagreeable habit through our closest kin support us to appreciate the evolution of men’s violence opposed to women?

In the 1st systematic try and verify and comprehend primate male aggression as an expression of sexual clash, the participants to this quantity ponder coercion in direct and oblique types: direct, in overcoming girl resistance to mating; oblique, in reducing the opportunity the feminine will mate with different men. The booklet provides large box examine and research to guage the shape of sexual coercion in more than a few species―including all the nice apes and humans―and to explain its position in shaping social relationships between men, between adult females, and among the sexes.

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Evolutionary Ecology of Parasites: Second Edition

By Robert Poulin

Parasites have advanced independently in different animal lineages, they usually now make up a substantial percentage of the biodiversity of lifestyles. not just do they impression people and different animals in primary methods, yet in recent times they've got develop into a strong version method for the learn of ecology and evolution, with functional functions in disorder prevention. the following, in a completely revised and up-to-date variation of his influential previous paintings, Robert Poulin presents an evolutionary ecologist's view of the biology of parasites. He units forth a complete synthesis of parasite evolutionary ecology, integrating info throughout scales from the positive factors of person parasites to the dynamics of parasite populations and the structuring of parasite communities.

Evolutionary Ecology of Parasites provides an evolutionary framework for the research of parasite biology, combining idea with empirical examples for a broader realizing of why parasites are as they're and do what they do. An updated synthesis of the sector, the publication is a perfect educating instrument for complex classes at the topic. Pointing towards promising instructions and surroundings a examine schedule, it's going to even be a useful reference for researchers who search to increase our wisdom of parasite ecology and evolution.

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Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology)

By Eva Jablonka

This re-creation of the commonly learn Evolution in 4 Dimensions has been revised to mirror the spate of recent discoveries in biology because the publication was once first released in 2005, providing corrections, an up to date bibliography, and a considerable new bankruptcy. Eva Jablonka and Marion Lamb's pioneering argument proposes that there's extra to heredity than genes. They describe 4 "dimensions" in heredity -- 4 inheritance platforms that play a job in evolution: genetic, epigenetic (or non-DNA mobile transmission of traits), behavioral, and symbolic (transmission via language and other kinds of symbolic communication). those structures, they argue, can all offer adaptations on which common choice can act.

Jablonka and Lamb current a richer, extra advanced view of evolution than that provided by means of the gene-based sleek Synthesis, arguing that brought about and purchased alterations additionally play a job. Their lucid and available textual content is observed by way of artist-physician Anna Zeligowski's energetic drawings, which humorously and successfully illustrate the authors' issues. every one bankruptcy ends with a discussion within which the authors refine their arguments opposed to the full of life skepticism of the fictitious "I.M." (for Ipcha Mistabra -- Aramaic for "the contrary conjecture"). The large new bankruptcy, provided engagingly as a discussion with I.M., updates the data on all of the 4 dimensions -- with distinct consciousness to the epigenetic, the place there was an explosion of recent learn.

Praise for the 1st edition

"With braveness and verve, and in a method obtainable to common readers, Jablonka and Lamb lay out a few of the fascinating new pathways of Darwinian evolution which were exposed by way of modern research." -- Evelyn Fox Keller, MIT, writer of Making experience of lifestyles: Explaining organic improvement with versions, Metaphors, and Machines

"In their fantastically written and impressively argued new ebook, Jablonka and Lamb exhibit that the proof from greater than fifty years of molecular, behavioral and linguistic stories forces us to reevaluate our inherited knowing of evolution." -- Oren Harman, The New Republic

"It is not just an relaxing learn, replete with rules and proof of curiosity however it does the main invaluable factor a publication can do -- it makes you're thinking that and reexamine your premises and long-held conclusions." -- Adam Wilkins, BioEssays

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Holistic Darwinism: Synergy, Cybernetics, and the Bioeconomics of Evolution

In fresh years, evolutionary theorists have come to acknowledge that the reductionist, individualist, gene-centered method of evolution can't sufficiently account for the emergence of advanced organic structures through the years. Peter A. Corning has been on the vanguard of a brand new new release of complexity theorists who've been operating to reshape the principles of evolutionary idea. popular for his Synergism Hypothesis—a idea of complexity in evolution that assigns a key causal position to varied different types of useful synergy—Corning places this concept right into a a lot broader framework in Holistic Darwinism, addressing a few of the matters and ideas linked to the evolution of advanced structures. Corning's paradigm embraces and integrates many similar theoretical advancements of modern years, from multilevel choice idea to area of interest development idea, gene-culture coevolution conception, and theories of self-organization. supplying new techniques to thermodynamics, details thought, and fiscal research, Corning indicates how all of those domain names should be introduced firmly inside of what he characterizes as a post–neo-Darwinian evolutionary synthesis.

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Introducing Evolutionary Psychology: A Graphic Guide

By Dylan Evans

Drawing at the insights of evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology, in addition to information from anthropology, primatology, and archaeology, evolutionary psychologists are commencing to piece jointly the 1st really clinical account of human nature. Introducing Evolutionary Psychology is the best creation to this interesting new field.

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Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution

Darwin’s Black Box helped to release the clever layout circulate: the argument that nature shows proof of layout, past Darwinian randomness. this present day, with the circulate more desirable than ever, Michael J. Behe updates the ebook with a big new Afterword at the kingdom of the debate.


Naming Darwin’s Black Box to the nationwide Review’s record of the a hundred most crucial nonfiction works of the 20th century, George Gilder wrote that it “overthrows Darwin on the finish of the 20 th century within the similar manner that quantum conception overthrew Newton on the beginning.” Discussing the booklet in The New Yorker in may perhaps 2005, H. Allen Orr stated of Behe, “he is the main admired of the small circle of scientists engaged on clever layout, and his arguments are by means of a long way the simplest known.” From one finish of the spectrum to the opposite, Darwin’s Black Box has validated itself because the key textual content within the clever layout movement—the one argument that has to be addressed which will make sure even if Darwinian evolution is enough to clarify existence as we all know it, or not.

For this variation, Behe has written a massive new Afterword tracing the kingdom of the talk within the decade because it started. it really is his first significant new assertion at the topic and may be welcomed by way of the millions who desire to proceed this severe debate.

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Neanderthal guy has a mythical prestige. His stocky, bushy, human-like determine, with heavy forehead and receding chin, lumbers clumsily round in our collective mind's eye. yet will we recognize who Neanderthal guy relatively is? was once he our direct ancestor, or used to be he maybe a extra alien determine, no longer within the line of recent human descent in any respect, genetically very special - the sufferer instead of the driver of the unfold of humankind around the globe? the unique Neanderthal bones have been unearthed to nice scholarly pleasure within the Neander valley in Germany within the mid-19th century. This paintings brings jointly all of the examine into Homo sapiens neanderthalensis; into his global, his expertise, his lifestyle (and loss of life, even his beliefs), his origins and his dating with us.

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