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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It is a delightful idea and symbol. For instance, Contrary to legend, Questions like how do pesticides and antibiotics make creatures evolve, and why don’t fihch show the variations that Daphne Major finches do?

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Unless you’re specifically interested in finches, there are probably other books that you’ll eeiner more out of. Despite a lot of recent research showing this rapidity, many people still think of evolution as something that can’t be seen in anything under millions of years.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. How did consciousness evolve? Thought the Jew an inferior species worthy of extinction, useless. The Beak of the Finch discussion 16 17 Jul 01, Darwin reasoned that there had to be a common ancestor. O Wilson wrote Sociobiology: The book won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-fiction inthough I think it’s only a solid book, nothing spectacular.

I also have a new found appreciation for the lengths that ecologists go to for their field work.

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. A Story of Evolution in Our Time is the story of how they did all this. They This would be on my short list of best science books.


Like I and others have said — the book reads like a thriller.


Someone really should invent a new tge. Not even good for slavery. Mar 04, mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The Beak of the Finch: Anyway, I enjoyed it, but am not convinced it was Pulitzer Prize-worthy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It makes evolution and the scientific method easy to understand.

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Parts of it were a little slow and I definitely got bogged down by the constant repetition of “beak” and “finch,” though that probably couldn’t be helped, given the subjectbut other parts were very interesting.

Really interesting wekner very well narrated, but I will admit I got reeeally sick of hearing, “natural selection scrutinizes daily and hourly Did I say how thrilling it is? The study of how micro-evolution happens from one year to the next to the next in the Galapagos gave me a lot of insight into how the environment shapes species.

The examples that were given, were convincing but in my fhe opinionI have seen more convincing examples in many other book like The Song of the Dodo: It covers twenty years, the study ; and is ongoing still.

Why would constantly worrying about something you said to someone you barely know be selected for?

I am curious if you have been to the Galapagos are the animals and birds as tame as they are depicted in Weiner’s book? The weinrr population in this island is small enough so that the researchers could track and record practically each individual bird from birth to death, but large enough to have diversity with thirteen species of finches.


The Grants have proven that evolution can happen quickly, and that pressure makes species evolve.

Howeve This book details a wonderful natural experiment: Should you read this book? These famous finches are the ones that Charles Darwin encountered during his voyage on the HMS Beagle and which inspired his ideas on evolution. Rosemary and Peter Grant are two evolutionary biologists who did what no one had attempted to do before: The Grants went to see thf they could observe evolution in action as they felt that even Darwin did not completely understand his own theory and the evolutionary process was not always the slow and gradual one he believed it to be.

Finhc birds are all brownish or black.

The two Princeton evolutionary biologists went to study the finches at first hand on Daphne Major, an even more isolated island in the middle of the Archipelago. This article needs additional citations for verification.

In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these beai as they watch Darwin’s finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.