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The Panda's Thumb
The Panda's Thumb
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN-13: 9780393300239
ISBN-10: 0393300234
Publication Date: 12/31/1980
Pages: 344
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: W.W. Norton Company Ltd
Book Type: Paperback
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Illuminating, but not light reading. Many fascinating essays on different aspects of evolution.
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A collection of surprisingly layman-friendly articles on evolution. The articles try to explain why some animals have apparently unique structures and how they came into being. The explanations are almost Lamarckian but with periods of accelerated development where random changes unexpectedly help an organism survive.
There are also explanations on how specific complex traits have arisen - essentially refuting some peoples commonly cited examples supporting an anti-evolutionary stance. The book has aged well, unlike some other scientific essays. A good read for anyone interested in evolution.