The Beak Of The Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time

The Beak Of The Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time, by Weiner, Johathan
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Picture of The Beak Of The Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time The Beak Of The Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time, by Weiner, Johathan. Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1994. Edition: First edition stated. ISBN: 0679400036. Hardcover, 6.5 by 9.5 inches, 332 pages. Quarter bound in black cloth over blue paper-covered boards; silver lettering on spine; finche's head matching jacket image in silver on front cover. End papers are maps of the Galapagos Islands. Illustrated with black and white drawings. Includes Index.

Condition: Very Good in a Very Good jacket. Minor bumping to spine ends. Small wear at the corners of the jacket. Back jacket flap has a dog-ear at the bottom.

Contents: This book has my personal recommendation. It tells the fascinating story of the life's work of the Grants -- two Princeton University evolutionary biologists -- who went to one of the Galapogos Islands every year for more than two decades. While there, they took measurements of everything from the number of seeds on the ground to the length of the birds' beaks, to DNA samples. They gathered so much data that they couldn't analyze it while on the island, and spent the rest of each year teasing out the patterns in their massive amount of data. The book reads like a novel. It held me engrossed from beginning to end. I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in natural history and the evolution of species.

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