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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,074 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean B. Carroll Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For over a century, opening the black box of embryonic development was the holy grail of biology. Evo Devo--Evolutionary Developmental Biology--is the new science that has finally cracked open the box. Within the pages of his rich and riveting book, Sean B. Carroll explains how we are discovering that complex life is ironically much simpler than anyone ever expected. Perhaps the most surprising finding of Evo Devo is the discovery that a small number of primitive genes led to the formation of fundamental organs and appendages in all animal forms.

The gene that causes humans to form arms and legs is the same gene that causes birds and insects to form wings, and fish to form fins; similarly, one ancient gene has led to the creation of eyes across the animal kingdom. Changes in the way this ancient tool kit of genes is used have created all the diversity that surrounds us.

Sean Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure--he is the acknowledged leader of the field, and his seminal discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbm1020 | 1/31/2014

    " This book is a fine explanation of developmental evolution. It is easy to follow and even entertaining for anybody with an unbiased curiosity about nature. It's an attractive volume with some amazing color plates illustrating some of the experiments that have shown scientists how DNA works in insect larvae. There are also photos of fossils and drawings of various animals as they once appeared and as they exist now. A very important book for all biology teachers, college students, school board members and home schoolers, it is easy enough for me to understand and I was not not a bio major. Religious fundamentalists to the contrary, there is no reason to fear for our values in facing the truth about the world around us, and it's time American schoolchildren caught up with the 20 countries where students scored better than our kids on biology questions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Herman | 1/26/2014

    " A very interesting read, with insight into the evolutionary process from the perspective of evolutionary development (Evo Devo, or embryonic development). It does get rather technical for the non-biologist at times, something that is necessary to gain a proper understanding, but results in a difficult, slow read. In retrospect, I've forgotten most of the specifics of this book, but the overall impression whilst reading was one of complete awe, and left me with a better understanding of the science as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cathy Douglas | 1/3/2014

    " This is the best kind of science book, one written by a leading scientist to make new ideas available to non-scientists. This was a dense book, and I had a hard time following it in places. But it was well worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sally | 12/27/2013

    " Boy, did I enjoy this book! It describes the field of evolutionary developmental biology very clearly for the general reader. The author, a researcher in this field, is a good writer and he gives fascinating explanations of how a single cell becomes a body of very diverse cells, even though all the cells have identical DNA (its largely the genetic switches). Also, in exploring the relations among creatures in the animal kingdom, he emphasizes the deep evolutionary and genetic unity, much deeper than biologists expected, among members of the entire kingdom that recent comparative embryonic and genetic research has revealed. I like that he goes into enough detail about research findings so that you get some feeling for the data as well as the mechanisms behind evolution. Highly recommended. "

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