Resources for People Interested in Learning about Evolution

Written by: Richard Lenski

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Over on Twitter, a poster was interested in learning more about evolution and how it works.

I suggested the poster begin with Evolution 101, a website produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

I then recommended four superb books (including one suggested by another poster).  These are all written with wonderful style and terrific content by world-class authors.

I’d begin with Carl Zimmer’s Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea.  This beautifully illustrated book was written as a companion to the PBS series on Evolution that aired in 2001.

The next three books are a bit more advanced, but still very accessible, and they could be read in any order.

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

Why Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin

I could make many, many more suggestions.  But that’s a start, and now I’ll let others weigh in with suggestions in the Comments below.

Please label your selections as for the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced student (and by student, I mean anyone, regardless of age or prior studies, who wants to learn about the science of evolution).

Please include only one link per post; otherwise, the spam filter may delete your post.  Also, I will delete any inappropriate suggestions.

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Richard Lenski
Dr. Lenski is an evolutionary biologist. He writes about evolutionary science – past, present, and future – and some of the goings-on in the life of a scientist.
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