What are the best evolution books?

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    #1The Selfish Gene

    The Selfish Gene

    This Richard Dawkins' book on evolution explains how it is genes, rather than individuals, that are truly in charge of evolution of species, which would be the reason why two individuals who are very close genetically tend to act selflessly with the other. 

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    Laura Williamson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "There is much more to "The Selfish Gene" than is advertised, even in the most glowing of its reviews. In fact, I (not a biologist, but fascinated by evolution ever since "dinosaurs" and the first high school biology course) have been vaguely aware of this book since its initial wave of rave reviews many years ago, but never bothered to read it because as it was advertised its theme(s) always seemed pretty obvious. But something recently piqued my curiosity again, not sure what that was now, and after reading the prefatory material online I finally decided to take a look. After reading quickly through the first 3 chapters, it became apparent that there was a great deal more underlying the book than was overtly presented, that it was not just an over-extended, over-simplified, over-popularized, metaphorical presentation .... but rather that its metaphorical treatment is painstakingly faithful to an elaborate, closely-reasoned, even rigorous, scientific underpinning. At which point, I stopped reading and began again from the beginning, first the prefatory material, then from page 1, this time more slowly and more carefully, taking care to appreciate and reflect on all the markers of the underlying basis and their implications."
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    #2The Third Chimpanzee

    The Third Chimpanzee

    The Third Chimpanzee is written by Pulitzer Prize awardee Jared Diamond about how humans are connected with chimpanzees. This book explains how 98 percent of gene sharing will make a difference in evolution. 

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    Samuel Meza
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I read Jared Diamond's The Third Chimpanzee and I was blown away. This was a real eye opener into the similarities between humans and chimpanzees, and the information about early human activity changing the world was very interesting."
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    #3Origin Of Species

    Origin Of Species

    Charles Darwin's masterwork where he explains the theory of the evolution of the species through the natural selection. This is one of the most important scientific books ever published.

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    Jacob Williams
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "As a devote Roman Catholic, this blasphemous book offends me on so many levels. I was given this book as a gag gift by a fellow churchgoer named Nancy. I only read it as a polite gesture to her kindness. In his research, Mr. Darwin comes to the conclusion that man evolved from Apes because of various similarities in our anatomy with those animals. Human beings aren't Apes, and certainly aren't animals! God created everything, including man, in seven days. Do yourself a favor and burn this book if you happen to come upon a copy of it."
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    #4The Greatest Show on Earth

    The Greatest Show on Earth

    This book by Richar Dawkins, the author of The Ancestor's Tale and the iconic work The God Delusion, counterattacks the arguments of the creationists with lots of rich layered scientific arguments.

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    Olivia Morrison
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Often science books can either be too dry, or so dense with information that each page is a struggle to get through. This book, however, is different. Dawkin's obvious passion for evolution and for the the immense variety of species on our world. This book as well serves as an eloquent, easy to understand, and very necessary defense of evolution and rejection of creationism. I thought I had understood evolution when it was taught at school, but this book opened my eyes to the true wonders of its effects."
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    #5The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are

    The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are
    The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are is a non-fiction book by Robert Wright, first published in 1994. It is a narrative on the evolution of human psychology, containing discussions on topics like friendship and rivalry.
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    Diya Balasubramanium
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "In reading this book, there is a novel approach and ideas of why we are the way we are. I'm not sure that I agree with all of the theories in the book, nevertheless, it was a very good book. It certainly made me think of a few things differently."
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    #6Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

    Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

    Carl Sagan and Ann Duyan teamed up to write this popular science book, in which the evolutionary history of life on Earth is detailed. Towards the end of the book, the resemblances  between humans and extinct primates are analysed. 

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    Austin Knight
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This can be considered one of the best evolution books. Great writers collaborated on this piece and discusses everything that can fulfill this topic. Decent price and great rating this book on amazon is a perfect choice for this topic."
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    #7The Voyage of the Beagle

    The Voyage of the Beagle

    Published in 1839, this book is a collection of notes and texts from Charles Darwin written by him during the second survey expedition of the ship HMS Beagle. In it, we can see how Darwin's views on the species' fixity change, and how the first theories on evolution start to form. 

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    Yu Cai
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Charles Darwin's account of the momentous voyage which set in motion the current of intellectual events leading to The Origin of Species."
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    #8River Out of Eden

    River Out of Eden
    River out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life is a scientific book written by bestselling author Richard Dawkins. The book was recognized as one of the Sunday Times bestsellers. It discusses DNA and evolution.
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    Juan Fowler
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Good book..read twice."
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    #9Climbing Mount Improbable

    Climbing Mount Improbable
    In this science book, Richard Dawkins builds an argument for evolutionary adaptation as the way life is like it is, a combination of perfection and improbability that we can see in many things around us. 
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    Madison Chavez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Richard Dawkins forms a powerful argument for the theory of evolutionary adaptation as the reason for all of the life on earth. He gives us eloquent explanations for the why of existence in this world."
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    #10The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

    The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature is a non-fiction book written by Matt Ridley, first published in 1993. It seeks to explain the evolutionary principles behind gender roles and the behaviors of different sexes.

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    Benjamin Walters
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I love reading about different theories of human evolution, and this book is a great read. I may have nobody to discuss it with, as that would be awkward to talk about a theory with your wife of ten years why she may be more likely to get pregnant if she ever felt the need to stray, but it's still worth the read."
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    #11Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

    Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

    Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution is a nonfiction book about biology written by Nick Lane. This nonfiction book about biology was published on June 22, 2009 by W.W. Norton & Company.

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    Lisa Morrison
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Life Ascending has shifted my outlook on the planet. It really made me realize how amazing evolution is, while also making me feel connected to all living beings. He provides plenty of evidence for skeptics and the in-depth discussion of things like eyes and DNA are far more exciting that they sound on paper. A wonderful book about the nature of wonder and the wonder of nature."

Summary

Best What are the best evolution books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Selfish GeneBooks 37 Paid
2The Third ChimpanzeeBooks 34 Paid
3Origin Of SpeciesBooks 31 Paid
4The Greatest Show on EarthBooks 30 Paid
5The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We AreBooks 26 Paid
6Shadows of Forgotten AncestorsBooks 21 Paid
7The Voyage of the BeagleBooks 18 Paid
8River Out of EdenBooks 17 Paid
9Climbing Mount ImprobableBooks 12 Paid
10The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human NatureBooks 4 Paid
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