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The Resource Improbable destinies : fate, chance, and the future of evolution, Jonathan B. Losos ; illustrated by Marlin Peterson

Improbable destinies : fate, chance, and the future of evolution, Jonathan B. Losos ; illustrated by Marlin Peterson

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Improbable destinies : fate, chance, and the future of evolution
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Improbable destinies
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fate, chance, and the future of evolution
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Jonathan B. Losos ; illustrated by Marlin Peterson
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eng
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"Earth's natural history is full of fascinating instances of convergence: phenomena like eyes and wings and tree-climbing lizards that have evolved independently, multiple times. But evolutionary biologists also point out many examples of contingency, cases where the tiniest change--a random mutation or an ancient butterfly sneeze--caused evolution to take a completely different course. What role does each force really play in the constantly changing natural world? Are the plants and animals that exist today, and we humans ourselves, inevitabilities or evolutionary flukes? And what does that say about life on other planets? Jonathan Losos reveals what the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary biology can tell us about one of the greatest ongoing debates in science. He takes us around the globe to meet the researchers who are solving the deepest mysteries of life on Earth through their work in experimental evolutionary science. Losos himself is one of the leaders in this exciting new field, and he illustrates how experiments with guppies, fruit flies, bacteria, foxes, and field mice, along with his own work with anole lizards on Caribbean islands, are rewinding the tape of life to reveal just how rapid and predictable evolution can be. Improbable Destinies will change the way we think and talk about evolution. Losos's insights into natural selection and evolutionary change have far-reaching applications for protecting ecosystems, securing our food supply, and fighting off harmful viruses and bacteria. This compelling narrative offers a new understanding of ourselves and our role in the natural world and the cosmos."--Jacket
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A Harvard museum curator draws on the latest breakthroughs in evolutionary biology to challenge popular assumptions about how evolution works, examining how tiny, random convergences, from mutations to butterfly sneezes, have triggered remarkable evolutionary changes
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Losos, Jonathan B
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576.8
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illustrations
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index present
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non fiction
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Peterson, Marlin
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  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Natural selection
  • Mutation (Biology)
  • Evolution (Biology)
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fate, chance, and the future of evolution
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Improbable destinies : fate, chance, and the future of evolution, Jonathan B. Losos ; illustrated by Marlin Peterson
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-353) and index
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ocn965731870
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24 cm
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xv, 368 pages
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9780399184925
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2016054594
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)965731870
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Improbable destinies : fate, chance, and the future of evolution, Jonathan B. Losos ; illustrated by Marlin Peterson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-353) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn965731870
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 368 pages
Isbn
9780399184925
Lccn
2016054594
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)965731870

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