The Beak of the Finch tells the story of two Princeton University scientists— evolutionary biologists—engaged in an extraordinary investigation. They are. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. Jonathan Weiner, Author Alfred A. Knopf $30 (p) ISBN The Beak of the Finch: Evolution in Real Time by Jonathan Weiner, Jonathan Cape, pp , £ An astonishingly large proportion of the.

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Darwin reasoned that there had to be a common ancestor. And that is the point–dynamic and constant change. What is most remarkable, however, is finxh this book was published inyet it remains deeply relevant. The Grants went to see if they could observe evolution in action as they felt that even Darwin In Rosemary and Peter Grant went to the Galapagos Islands to take a look at Darwin’s finches.

This book addresses those questions with theories and examples and a life-affirming gentleness.

So much to think about in fihch book- timely! It’s not just about finches, either; it’s teh all kinds of animals, and — yay! Traits are constantly changing, yet the graph jitters back and forth around some more-or-less average value. The selective process can move in many directions and can recede altogether with the arrival and departure of such pressures. Trivia About The Beak of the F Darwin did not think the finches were very important.

And as the first waves lapped the welcome mat, bumped into something, and nipped shut as powerfully as only a behemoth among barnacles can. Also, one of the most interesting ideas was the fact that when zooming-in on the evolutionary history, the transition is often jagged and goes back and forth on the same or different paths. You could have read something else, but the reviews were so good you convince yourself that the book just HAS to get better soon.


It was interesting the quotes from Darwin and the implications on modern results. The book actually comes alive when beka ditches the finches in favor of something anything else. The string is left untied, like a line of data with the final numbers erased. The book itself gave various examples where we i.


This book is really important. I also have a new found appreciation for the lengths that ecologists go to for their field work. th

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Did I say how thrilling it is? Apr 25, Aya rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 27, Molly rated it really liked it Shelves: I appreciated both the proof that the ensuing data provides for natural selection and evolution which Darwin could only logically assume as well as the implications for how we treat the planet and plan strategies for intervention from antibiotics to species introduction.

As the book’s title implies, Weiner focuses on Darwin’s finches, the baker’s dozen of Galapagos species whose beaks so aptly tell the tale of adaptation and selection. Weiner shows us sticklebacks in British Columbia, fruit flies in labs all over the world, guppies in Venezuela, moth DNA in Ontario, and numerous other animals in numerous other places where scientists are observing evolution occur in front of their faces — a process much faster and more powerful than Darwin could have dreamed.

I can see why he would do it because it’s interest This was a really interesting look into the constant evolution of finches in the Galapagos. You do have to wade through a few data-heavy sections that feel a bit like a doctoral thesis, but most of the writing is stunning: He sets up some prominent creationists as foils for the Grants’ work.

He currently lives in New Y Jonathan Weiner is one of the most distinguished popular-science writers in the country. Even so, I have never hated the experience of a non-fiction work as much as this. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Evolution, like gravity, is fact. Jan 08, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, that question isn’t answered, but it is addressed. Without being condescending, he explains why evolution is accessible knowledge and important to understand.

Want to Read saving…. He takes a science subject and makes it understandable and then at the end of science-sections he inserts beautiful almost poetic prose that makes you sigh. Lists with This Book. brak


The Grants have proven that evolution can happ Extraordinary. There are dozens of pictures, mostly of finches, that aren’t particularly helpful and that add little.

The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

And is observable from season to season dependent on the whims of the surrounding environment. I’d encourage you to read the book if you are perplexed by these issues because without spoiling anything, there are a lot of factors in natural selection dynamics that you probably aren’t considering.

This was a buddy read with my Pulitzer-non fiction-group, and after 10 pages, I ordered Charles Darwins The origin of Species from the library, as I could read between the lines, that some of my fellow group members had read it The Origin – and since there were many references to Darwin in Weiners book, I decided to read Darwin first.

For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: About The Beak of the Finch Winner of the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory.

Abbot squatted on his haunches, watching as the sun set on the neighboring island of Santa Cruz, and hundreds of seabirds beat their way back to their roosts on Daphne Major. Scientific books with journalistic and literary tones annoy and distract me a lot and if it were not for that, this book would have easily earned a perfect 5 star. These types of encounters should not happen, not in the USA. The effect of the weather on the population size, behaviorsize of beak and other parameters, clearly showed natural selection even in very few generations.