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The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time
The Beak of the Finch A Story of Evolution in Our Time Author:Jonathan Weiner Winner of the Pulitzer Prize — On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major... more », natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch.
In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.« less
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Facsinating story of the continuation of Darwin's reserach in the Galapogas Islands. The couple profiled has spent over 4o years studying he beaks of finches. They provide ongoing evidence of evolution.
This is a fascinating, detailed look at how evolution works. By examining minute changes in Darwin's finches on the Galapagos islands, researchers Peter and Rosemary Grant have discovered that evolution is occuring hour by hour, "and we can watch." This is not light reading, but it is fascinating. You will learn more about bird beaks than you ever thought you wanted to know. However, you will never look at an animal, or yourself, in the same way again. It's easy to see why this book is a Pulitzer prize winner. I loved it!