Autumn books:evidence for evolution

Here is another excerpt from a book reviewed in Nature’s Autumn Books supplement. The book is called "The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution" by Sean Caroll, and the reviewer is Brian Charlesworth. As before, this review is subscription-only, so let me know in the comments if you’d like me to tell you how to read the full version.

"Sean Carroll begins his excellent book The Making of the Fittest by pointing out that about 50% of the American public doubt the truth of darwinian evolution, yet accept other aspects of biological science, such as the use of DNA in forensics. His aim is to use evidence from modern research on DNA to convince the general reader of "the case for biological evolution as the basis for life’s diversity, beyond any reasonable doubt". He deliberately does not introduce any of the standard evidence for evolution as a historical process, and only briefly describes the use of DNA sequence data to reconstruct phylogenies. Instead, he uses a series of examples intended to provide compelling evidence for the basic processes involved in evolutionary change, with particular emphasis on mutation and natural selection."

The full list of Nature’s Autumn Books reviews can be seen here.