My first impression, upon picking up this book is that it was thick and heavy, making it stereotypically challenging to decipher and remain conscious. However, I was delighted to find a stunning array of photos fully complement each of the 44 short chapters, making this very readable indeed!
The chapters of 'Evolution in Action' are divided into 6 sections:
1) Architecture (skeletal form)
2) The Birth of Species
3) Seduction & Selection
4) Evolutionary Tinkering
5) The Power of the Environment
6) Evolution and time
Each chapter uses B&W photos of skeletons to expound an aspect of evolution, relating to the species illustrated. This really is a case for a picture being worth a thousand words: The glossy paper that makes the book heavy is put to optimal effect in capturing explicit anatomical details.
Apart from teaching evolution by skeletal comparisons and vestiges, there is also a secondary narrative woven into the narrative - historical objection to common ancestry on religious grounds. Panafieu shows himself to be well up to both tasks, deftly expounding skeletal details, whilst charting the general enlightenment of mankind.
I would say this is a fairly unique publication, the product quality and author's specialist knowledge make it very good value. The most similar books (I have also read) are the equally excellent 'Inside Nature's Giants' - a CH4 production, and 'The Ancestor's Tale' - one of Richard Dawkins finest. Buy this if you seek wide ranging evolutionary instruction, unravelled in photographic format.