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on 16 December 2010
This booked formed the basis of my level three undergraduate course in Evolution. It is very in depth, informative, well written and condenses a huge amount of material into such a small book. I found myself reading the sections not required by my course out of fascination. I did not find the sentence construction of the style of writing to be obscure or excessive. Comprehensive it is, with large lists of suggested further reading at the end of every chapter. Top marks!
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on 6 September 2010
Futuyma is a well known evolutionary academic and his book, now into a second edition, is a leading text on the subject. Writing the book must have been a major undertaking and Futuyma is to be commended on producing such a fascinating and comprehensive book.

Unfortunately, large sections of the text are indigestible. A simple example of the general style will suffice:

'From studies of modern organisms, we know that much diversity resides in the great numbers of related species that reduce competition with one another by subtle differences in resource use.'

In addition, it is very common to find excessive use of words:

'...or those of any other species you are familiar with...'

Apart from general style, one finds oneself having to continually reread sentences. It isn't anything to do with the subject matter, or grammar, but with Futuyma's rather strange and clumsy construction of sentences. It is very common to get to the end of a long sentence to arrive at the subject matter of a new topic, idea or concept, ie 'because of x, y, and z, and the intervention of u, v and w, it is shown that a, b, c.' The sentence that was obscure until the end, makes perfect sense on re-reading. It is actually rather interesting how the text is perfectly clear on a second reading, but like wading through treacle on a first reading.

Overall, 'Evolution' is a good, up to date text on the subject. There is also an accompanying website for the second edition (this review refers to the first edition). But do be prepared to occasionally spend time unnecessarily rereading, trying to unravel exactly what Futuyma is saying, and to mutter under your breath: 'Why on Earth didn't he just say....'.
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on 1 May 2013
Nicest thing about this book apart from having all the details you would want and case studies is that is it actually in a readable format, like a book which is quite unusual for a biology book more often they are for reference where this is defo for reading.
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on 11 May 2013
A brilliant book written by a master of the field. It is comprehensive, readable, filled with great examples and a fabulous layout. Futuyma has done a great job.
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on 9 June 2014
please this is the book which the open universtiy now bases its S366 evolution couse on see the website [...] so if you wont a good book on evoluotion that is universtiy recommed this is the one . please note that the author has now released another copy which is the 3rd editon . but it is this the 2nd edition that the open universtiy uses for its S366 couse at the moment (2014)
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on 20 December 2014
Great value for money. Fantastic book, been great for my course. Highly recommend, very interesting.
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on 13 June 2015
Fantastic for a student in Biology or Biology related subject. Easy to read and great diagrams
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on 31 July 2014
Fantastic book! Very well written and laid out. There is a 3rd edition now though, c.2013.
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on 6 July 2016
Informative
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on 22 March 2012
The book was slightly travel damaged but it was as described and a good price. The content is really interesting.
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