"Carl Zimmer and Douglas Emlen have captured in this stunning new book the excitement and richness of twenty-first-century evolutionary biology. They describe clearly and elegantly not only what, but also how, we are learning about evolutionary processes and the patterns they produce. The writing is compelling, the illustrations beautiful and truly informative, and the balance between breadth and depth of discussion on each topic just right. This is a book that would make anyone think about becoming an evolutionary biologist, today."
"Exciting is a word not often used to describe a new textbook. But by using powerful examples, beautiful images, and finely wrought prose, Zimmer and Emlen have produced a book that not only conveys the explanatory power of evolution, but is also permeated with the joy of doing science. Their text can only be described as an exciting moment for our field: it is an important accomplishment for our students and for evolutionary biology at large."
NCSE is pleased to offer a free (PDF) of the second edition of Carl Zimmer and Douglas J. Emlen's (Roberts and Company, 2015). The preview consists of a part of chapter 14, "Macroevolution." "The history of biodiversity — the processes and patterns of originations, adaptations, and extinctions — is known as macroevolution," Zimmer and Emlen explain. "In this chapter, we'll look at some of the most important lessons that have emerged from the study of macroevolution — not just for understanding the deep history of biodiversity, but also for understanding its future."