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Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters Hardcover – Dec 15 2007

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (Nov. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231139624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231139625
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 2.9 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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Prothero, a geologist at Occidental College (After the Dinosaurs), explains how rich the fossil record has become. His goal is two-fold. First, he wants to demonstrate the wide variety of transitional forms that have been found, many within the past 20 years. Second, he aims to discredit the creationist movement. I have tried to document how they routinely distort or deny the evidence, quote out of context, and do many other dishonest and unethical things—all in the name of pushing their crusade. He accomplishes both of his goals (though he can be repetitious regarding the creationists), and his descriptions of recent research, much of it his own, are compelling. Prothero explains that the Cambrian explosion of life forms was anything but an explosion, and presents the impressive transitional fossils between reptiles and birds, along with striking evidence for mammalian evolution, including the relationship among hominid groups. With good science and some specific rebuttals to creationist arguments, this book demonstrates the importance of paleontology to the study of evolution. 208 illus. (Nov.)
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This is a wonderful book that beautifully explains in layperson's terms the vast evidence for evolution in the paleontological record. Its publication comes at a critical time. By concentrating the diverse scientific literature into numerous lucid examples, Donald R. Prothero does the fields of geology, biology, and science education a major service. He provides a unique source that will be invaluable to college professors and high school teachers alike, and because his book provides abundant, clearly described examples of evolution in the fossil record, and also synthesizes important information about the Bible, it will make a valuable addition to any scientist's library. (Bruce Lieberman, University of Kansas)

Donald R. Prothero is not only one of the leading evolutionary scientists of our time, he writes with clarity and his prose sparkles. Prothero's book is more thorough and comprehensive than any other book for the general public on the evolution versus creationism controversy. (Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, monthly columnist for Scientific American, and author of Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design)

This book demonstrates the importance of paleontology to the study of evolution. (Publishers Weekly)

A must read...Brilliant and masterfully researched. (Greg Sweatt Fossil News)

Engagingly written and scientifically accurate... Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

This is one of the best books of its kind. (Christopher diCarlo Guelph Mercury)

The book is very valuable as a demonstration of the quality of the fossil record, which has improved dramatically in the past decade. (Peter Dodson Reports of the National Center for Science Education)

(T)o anyone who wishes to be informed on our current knowledge about fossils and their interpretation, and for anyone who is still not so sure whom to believe, this book will straighten things out and will be an unforgettable reading experience. (Zentralblatt fur Geologie und Palaontologie)

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