576: Evidence of Evolution by Mary Ellen Hannibal

by Gerard


576.8: Hannibal, Mary Ellen. Evidence of Evolution. New York: Abrams, 2009. 117 pp. ISBN 978-0-8109-4924-9.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 500: Science
  • 570: Life sciences (biology)
  • 576: Genetics and evolution
  • 576.8: Evolution

In a word, Evidence of Evolution is exquisite. Mary Ellen Hannibal’s discussion of evolution and genetics pairs wonderfully with Susan Middleton’s crisp photographs of collected specimens from the California Academy of Science. Hannibal goes through a brief history of Darwin’s expedition to the Galapagos Islands and highlight the basic lines of thought leading up to the theory of evolution. From there are dual treatises on the processes and patterns in evolution in the natural world.

But the text is really just a backdrop for the main attraction: the pictures. If ever there was to be a coffee table book highlighting both the case for evolution and the sheer beauty of the natural world, this would be it. Specimen examples cover a wide range of the tree of life, from insects and sea creatures to birds, turtles, and primates. Sample images from the book can be viewed at the <a href=http://www.calacademy.org/evidence/>CAS’s website</a>. This is a great book for any lover of the natural sciences or natural photography.