Top 2016 Ecology Books

These are my top ten picks for ecology books published in 2016. They are mostly centered around my own interests, e.g. island biogeography or the Middle East, but there is something for everyone here. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included is the text blurb; personal review …

Top 2016 Evolution Books

These are my top twenty picks for evolution books published in 2016. They span the topics range from the scientific basis of evolution to monographs on specific evolutionary phenomena (e.g. reticulate evolution) to higher evolutionary theory. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any ways. Included is the text blurb; …

Problems with Astrobiology

Astrobiology is a field of science that investigates the origin and evolution of life, and its possible permutations elsewhere in the universe. As far as the former aspect is concerned, it is not at all an original research program. Most of what counts as astrobiological research is routine abiogenesis research, historical geology, …

Top 2015 Popular Evolution Books

These are my top 5 popular evolutionary biology books for 2015. Because of the popularity of evolution outside of its strictly scientific value, I made a conscious effort to include books on evolution in the arts and in politics. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s …

Major Transitions in Evolution

In 1995, a highly-influential Nature paper was published: The Major Evolutionary Transitions, by Eörs Szathmáry and John Maynard-Smith, who then expanded it to an excellent book. They identified events in which the nature of evolution itself changed. Evolution can be simplified as a combination of mutation, selection, and drift. This …

What do evolutionary biologists do?

An old Quora answer I wrote got published on the Huffington Post. Because they get more than enough readers, here it is here. Note that the question’s subtitle is: “Once the Darwin’s theory is established, what more is to be found that would be of value?” Darwin’s theory is not …

What are the implications of the Cambrian Explosion for evolutionary biology?

Utility of palaeontology: Without fossils, we would never have even known that there was a Cambrian Radiation and we would have kept on believing that animals originated and diversified 700+ million years ago, as molecular clocks falsely tell us. Also included here is importance of exceptional preservation and understanding the …

Teaching Resources: Background Knowledge on Turtle Shell Evolution

Jump to: Palaeontology; Development; Evolution; Ecological Aspects; Useful Diagrams. The turtle’s shell is one of the most striking and unique features found in organismal biology, and questions and debates on its origin have intrigued scientists for more than two centuries, with as much resolution found now as in the 1800s. The turtle …