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Nothing in biology begins when you think it does

Authors
  • Johnson, Norman1
  • 1 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 01003, USA , Amherst (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Evolution: Education and Outreach
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Dec 04, 2020
Volume
13
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s12052-020-00139-3
Source
Springer Nature
License
Green

Abstract

Neil Shubin has written an excellent, accessible book explaining how innovations in biology evolve. The key insight—one provided by Darwin but fleshed out by biologists over the subsequent century and a half—is that the precursors of traits involved in innovations usually were present in the ancestors but had a different function. In this book, Shubin also provides rich biographical detail of the scientists involved in the discoveries.

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