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The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution

by Donald R. Prothero Columbia University Press (August 25, 2015)

Every fossil tells a story. Best-selling paleontology author Donald R. Prothero describes twenty-five famous, beautifully preserved fossils in a gripping, scientific history of life on Earth. Recounting the...


Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree: The Evolution of Visual Metaphors for Biological Order

by J. David Archibald Columbia University Press (July 15, 2014)

Leading paleontologist David Archibald explores the rich history of visual metaphors for biological order from ancient times to the present and their influence on human beings’ perception of their place in...


Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work

by Ciaran Regan Columbia University Press (July 17, 2001)

Why do smokers claim that the first cigarette of the day is the best? What is the biological basis behind some heavy drinkers' belief that the "hair-of-the-dog" method alleviates the effects of a hangover? Why...


A Primer in Biological Data Analysis and Visualization Using R

by Gregg Hartvigsen Columbia University Press (February 18, 2014)

R is a popular programming language that statisticians use to perform a variety of statistical computing tasks. Rooted in Gregg Hartvigsen’s extensive experience teaching biology, this text is an engaging,...


Evolutionary Perspectives on Pregnancy

by John C. Avise Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

Covering both the internal and external incubation of offspring, this book provides a biology-rich survey of the natural history, ecology, genetics, and evolution of pregnancy-like phenomena. From mammals and...


The Faith of Biology and the Biology of Faith: Order, Meaning, and Free Will in Modern Medical Science

by Robert E. Pollack Columbia University Press (November 01, 2000)

Are there parallels between the "moment of insight" in science and the emergence of the "unknowable" in religious faith? Where does scientific insight come from? Award-winning biologist Robert Pollack argues...


Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic Mammals of North America: Biostratigraphy and Geochronology

by Michael O. Woodburne Columbia University Press (April 21, 2004)

This book places into modern context the information by which North American mammalian paleontologists recognize, divide, calibrate, and discuss intervals of mammalian evolution known as North American Land...


Species Concepts and Phylogenetic Theory: A Debate

by Quentin D. Wheeler & Rudolf Meier Columbia University Press (June 22, 2000)

No question in theoretical biology has been more perennially controversial or perplexing than "What is a species?" Recent advances in phylogenetic theory have called into question traditional views of species...


Genes and DNA: A Beginner's Guide to Genetics and Its Applications

by Charlotte K. Omoto Columbia University Press (April 07, 2004)

Covering newsworthy aspects of contemporary biology -- gene therapy, the Human Genome Project, DNA testing, and genetic engineering -- as well as fundamental concepts, this book, written specifically for nonbiologists,...


The Evolutionary Biology of Flies

by David K. Yeates & Brian M. Wiegmann Columbia University Press (June 22, 2005)

Flies (Dipteria) have had an important role in deepening scientists' understanding of modern biology and evolution. The study of flies has figured prominently in major advances in the fields of molecular evolution,...


Trading the Genome: Investigating the Commodification of Bio-Information

by Bronwyn Parry Columbia University Press (September 29, 2004)

In a groundbreaking work that draws on anthropology, history, philosophy, business and law, Parry links firsthand knowledge of the operation of the bioprospecting industry to a sophisticated analysis of broader...


Essays on Life Itself

by Robert Rosen Columbia University Press (November 23, 1999)

Compiling twenty articles on the nature of life and on the objective of the natural sciences, this remarkable book complements Robert Rosen's groundbreaking Life Itself—a work that influenced a wide range of...


Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology

by Scott Gilbert & Clara Pinto-Correia Columbia University Press (August 08, 2017)

How does one make a decision today about in vitro fertilization, abortion, egg freezing, surrogacy, and other matters of reproduction? This book provides the intellectual and emotional intelligence to help individuals...


Describing Species: Practical Taxonomic Procedure for Biologists

by Judith E. Winston Columbia University Press (November 04, 1999)

New species are discovered every day—and cataloguing all of them has grown into a nearly insurmountable task world-wide. Now, this definitive reference manual acts as a style guide for writing and filing species...


Autism's False Prophets

by Paul A. Offit Columbia University Press (September 18, 2008)

A London researcher was the first to assert that the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine known as MMR caused autism in children. Following this "discovery," a handful of parents declared that a mercury-containing...


DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule that Shook the World

by Israel Rosenfield, Edward Ziff & Borin Van Loon Columbia University Press (February 02, 2011)

With humor, depth, and philosophical and historical insight, DNA reaches out to a wide range of readers with its graphic portrayal of a complicated science. Suitable for use in and out of the classroom, this...


Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties

by Sheldon Krimsky & Tania Simoncelli Columbia University Press (June 01, 2010)

National DNA databanks were initially established to catalogue the identities of violent criminals and sex offenders. However, since the mid-1990s, forensic DNA databanks have expanded in some states and nations...


Hermaphroditism

by John C. Avise Columbia University Press (March 15, 2011)

While members of most sexually reproducing species are either male or female, individuals belonging to the rest of the biological world are not so simply defined. Hermaphroditic creatures reproduce both as a...


Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond

by Niles Eldredge Columbia University Press (March 03, 2015)

All organisms and species are transitory, yet life endures. The origin, extinction, and evolution of species—interconnected in the web of life as “eternal ephemera”—are the concern of evolutionary biology....