Top 10 Evolution Books

 

Evolution is defined as the change that is noticed in the characteristics inherited over generations. Evolution is the phenomenon that is responsible for variation within the species which gives rise to biodiversity in the various species.  The formation of new species and change within the species along with extinction of the species are somethings that can be shown very clearly by means of shared DNA sequences, which is used to trace a species to a common ancestor. According to Darwin, evolution proceeds due to the process of natural selection. In this process survival of the fittest takes place and unfit units in a species slowly get weeded out due to less survival or lowered or absence of reproduction.

 

The Blind Watchmaker: Why the evidence of evolution reveals a universe without a design

The writer Richard Dawkins, through this book has straightaway answered the theologist and creation believers that evolution is the only reasonable theory that exists. He has tried to answer the 18th century theologist William Paley that just like the watch with such a complex thinking there is a watchmaker, there is creator for complex organisms.

Read it For:
If you want to go through take a stand for Darwin in front of theologists with reason then this is your book.
Don't Read it For:
It has computer models, thus, if you are not very comfortable with those then refrain from this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The very name stirs controversy and the very fact that it is in sort of answer to an 18th century theologist gathers interest. It is one of the best books on evolution.

What evolution is

This is a straightaway defence of the Darwinian theory and the author takes in experience from his 7-decade career to claim that nothing in the field of biological sciences can be fully explained without the use of theory of evolution.

Read it For:
if you want to understand what the theory of evolution is, then this book as the name suggests answers the question.
Don't Read it For:
the author leaves many terms undefined related to the field.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is totally based on the most widely asked question in the field of biological sciences of what evolution actually is?

The beak of the finch: a story of evolution in our time

This is a very interesting book that is based on the Darwinian theory and this book shows the Darwinian theory actually in action which even Darwin wasn’t able to see. He had amassed data, but he had never seen it happen in real life and this book shows that.

Read it For:
the book is really interesting with a gradual evidence of evolution on Darwin’s theories.
Don't Read it For:
the book does not contain many later information on evolution which are more widely known.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book shows the evolution which Darwin had said happen in nature but was unable to show. The book is one of the best books on evolutionary biology.

Genome: The autobiography of a species in 23 characters

the book deals with the mapping of the human genome and the twenty-three characters which are our chromosomes which make up our complete body are dealt with in this with the complete ancestry to the modern medicine

Read it For:
this book offers many answers to the various generally asked question be it of medicine to the history and makeup of humans
Don't Read it For:
the book contains data that is slightly outdated in today’s context and it also is sometimes difficult to grasp by a person of non-biological background.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is based on the very basis of why humans are like this. The book is a recommended one in the books on human evolution.
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Endless forms most beautiful: The new science of Evo Devo

The book deals with the variety in the animal kingdom and the plant as well which share a very close DNA with each other yet there is so much difference. The book deals in Evolutionary Development of species.

Read it For:
it is based on the similarities in the DNA structure yet so much variation in appearance and functions. This gives answers to all such questions.
Don't Read it For:
the book gets technical later on making it difficult for people below a definite level of knowledge in the field to understand.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is based on a contradiction sort of a thing which makes it interesting.

Wonderful life: The burgess shale and the nature of history

the book is based on the evolution od the marine invertebrates to question the mostly believed theories of evolution.

Read it For:
those who are interested in a grasping outlook of question the theories of evolution may try the book.
Don't Read it For:
the book is an interesting piece made up by combining interesting bits of natural history along with some situational helpful facts.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book makes the reader to grasp the given conclusion but then also open minds to other conclusions.

The selfish gene

The book is based on the author’s reformulation of Natural selection theory which makes the readers question many things about nature and life in it.

Read it For:
it is a very good book within the scientific community and also for a very keen observer.
Don't Read it For:
the book is not very much written for a non-science person.
What makes this book stand out?:
The basis of the book to push the reader to think beyond the regular scientific theories.

The ancestor’s tale: a pilgrimage to the dawn of life

the book takes you on a path with your close genetic relatives to you first very common ancestor.

Read it For:
The book is interesting with Dawkins style of writing and the ease he takes you on the journey.
Don't Read it For:
the book become slow and at places it is loose in context of explaining things.
What makes this book stand out?:
The picturization of a very debated scientific fact in form of a journey. The book is a recommended read in books on evolution of man.

The origin of species

The original book that started the era of evolutionary sciences by the father of evolution. The book deal in evolution basic of life for the very first time in human history.

Read it For:
the fan of Darwin should read it to know what Darwin exactly discussed.
Don't Read it For:
the book is outdated and difficult.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book that started all these discussions. It is the most popular science book on evolution.

Finding Darwin’s god: A scientist’s search for common ground between god and evolution

the book has been theorised in the way of finding evolution within the circles of theology.

Read it For:
it gives an interesting aspect of evolution.
Don't Read it For:
the book loses its grasp and get boring midway
What makes this book stand out?:
The fact that it tries to combine two very opposite fields, science and theology.

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