The Evolution of Life | Science Trove

The Evolution of Life  

Graham BellMcGill UniversityClose
Published in Print:04 December 2014 Published Online:31 August 2023
Publisher:Oxford University Press


The Evolution of Life provides an introduction to the central issue of evolutionary biology—adaptation through natural selection—in six sections. The first section looks at the basics, covering the evidence and engine of evolution. The second part looks at the history of evolution, examining the tree of life, the diversity of life, and ancestry of life. The next section focuses on the origins of variation, species, and innovation. Then the text moves on to adaptation and includes an evaluation of the dynamic genome. Section 5 focuses on selection and covers artificial selection, experimental evolution, and selection in natural populations. The final section considers sexual selection, cooperation and conflict, and symbiosis and struggle.