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A list of key readings about Evolution.
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  • Dobzhansky TG. (1937) Genetics and the origin of species. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Mayr E. (1942) Systematics and the origin of species from the viewpoint of a zoologist. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Stebbins GL. (1950) Variation and evolution in plants. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Simpson GG. (1953) The major features of evolution. New York: Columbia University Press.
    • This book, a revision of Simpson's 1944 Tempo and mode in evolution with a new title.
  • Glass B, Temkin O, Straus WL. (editors) Forerunners of Darwin, 1745-1859. Edited under the auspices of the Johns Hopkins History of Ideas Club. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.
    • Originally published 1959, on the centennial of the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Fifteen chapters by various authors.
  • Darwin's Gift electronic flip-book of essays written for The Lancet
Abstract: Recent developments in microbiology, geophysics and planetary sciences raise the possibility that the planets in our solar system might not be biologically isolated. Hence, the possibility of lithopanspermia (the interplanetary transport of microbial passengers inside rocks) is presently being re-evaluated, with implications for the origin and evolution of life on Earth and within our solar system. Here, I summarize our current understanding of the physics of impacts, space transport of meteorites, and the potentiality of microorganisms to undergo and survive interplanetary transfer.
A brief and balanced overview over the genetic mechanisms currently deemed relevant for the evolution of the human brain, along with pointers to some related methodological issues.
  • Kutschera, U. & K.J. Niklas (2004), "The modern theory of biological evolution: an expanded synthesis", Naturwissenschaften 91 (6): 255–276, DOI:10.1007/s00114-004-0515-y
    • A historical overview dedicated to Ernst Mayr on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Portrays the major aspects of evolution and how they have been shaped by the development of biology as a field and by incorporation of data from an ever broader range of biological and neighbouring disciplines. Briefly explains the various uses of "synthesis" in this context and identifies major figures involved in the process.