Darwin's Ghost: The Origin of the Species Updated by Steve Jones

By Steve Jones

Charles Darwin's masterpiece, The beginning of Species, is likely one of the best-known, least-read e-book. Un-questionably probably the most vital achievements of the millennium, its e-book in 1859 prompted a sensation, since it compelled mankind to work out itself as a part of the animal world--a concept that hundreds and hundreds of hundreds of thousands nonetheless deny. Darwin's conception of universal descent did for biology what Galileo did for astronomy: made it right into a unmarried technology instead of a suite of unrelated evidence. these evidence, notwithstanding, are actually a century and a part previous, as are The Origin's illustrative examples and Victorian prose kind. Writing as "Darwin's ghost," the well known geneticist Steve Jones has drawn on our ever-expanding medical wisdom and the bright good judgment set out within the starting place to restate evolution's case for the twenty-first century.        Jones has been known as "the British Carl Sagan" as a result of his prominence as a popularizer of technological know-how. utilizing modern examples--the AIDS virus, the principles of the yank Kennel membership, the sheep who always remember a face and the rubbish that floats within the Pacific--he indicates the ability and imme-diacy of Darwin's nice argument. full of anec-dotes, humor and the very most recent study, Darwin's Ghost is a well-liked, readable and entire account of the technological know-how that makes existence make feel.

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Whole populations can be tracked in this way. The humpbacks of Hawaii almost all carry the same pattern of DNA, with virtually no vari­ ation among them. The Hawaiians had no names for whales and the old whalers never found them around the islands. Perhaps, like AIDS on its first forays into Europe, they are recent immigrants, descendants of a few founders and a limited pool of genes. DNA links whales to the other mammals. They are not, alas, rdated to bears (who sit firmly among the dogs) . Instead their molecular her­ itage shows them to be close to the hoofed mammals, the ungulates.

The human immunodeficiency virus contains in its brief history the en­ tire argument of The Origin ofSpecies: variation, a struggle for existence, and natural selection that in time leads to new forms of life. Geography tells part of its story, as do fossils, and its genes are a link to distant rela­ tives with which it shared an ancestor long ago. They reveal a hierarchy of order as evidence of descent from a common source pushed further and further into the past. Our lives are too short to understand the evolution of other beings in such detail.

Some still hope to find symbolic significance in Darwinism. They will not: but his work turned the study of life into a science rather than a collection of unrelated anecdotes. C H A P T E R I VARIAT I O N UNDER D O M ES T I CATI O N Character o f Domestic Varieties - Relation between Man and his Do­ mestics - Origin of Domestic Varieties from one or more Species Principles of Selection, anciently followed - Domestic dogs, their Dif­ ferences and Origin - Methodical and Unconscious Selection - Breed and Identity - Evolution on the Farm - Zoological Gardens: the Call of the Tame - Loss of Variety under Domestication - The Wolf be­ neath the Skin - Difficulty of distinguishing between Varieties and Species Man has a strange relationship with his domestic animals.

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