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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Warbler, Woodpecker and Mangrove Finches have more of an olive color. Darwin reasoned that there had to be a common ancestor.

That would have made them seem more normal and less saintly and…. For better or worse. However, the personal anecdotes that the author shares as he tries to put us in their shoes such as describing their office space or what they were eating for lunch didn’t really add anything for me Wsiner the book explains, “the island is small enough for the Grants to know all the birds, wfiner large enough for them to get good numbers.

This is a perfect example of humans accelerating evolutionary arms race.

I’ve not given any book five stars this summer. The finch 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 beqk diversity with thirteen species of finches.

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Return to Book Page. Fonch now, along comes ISIS and their ilk, who now practice homicide as a way to advance change. What we do with our overuse of these herbicides and medications is to artificially ‘select’ for resistant strains that end up becoming the majority of the population.


Like I and others have said — the book reads like a thriller. The finches aren’t the only animals discussed; cichlid fish a favorite of evolutionary biologists for the ease with which they can be studied are discussed at several points; and the later part of the book includes a chapter that Rachel Carson would have loved about pesticides and the adaptation bfak insects that such chemicals prompt.

Weiner was arguably 15 years ahead of his time in describing the threat of bacteria that evolve resistance to antibiotics, and his description of evolution sparked by global warming and other human-caused processes now seems almost quaint in its cautious notes of alarm. Stay in Touch Sign up. If you refuse to see that, you have an issue.

Weiner’s main argument is that evolution for more than a century was criticized by advocates and opponents alike for being mainly theoretical or logical; it couldn’t be observed, couldn’t be tested, couldn’t be proven.

Apr 25, Aya rated it really liked it Shelves: I found just about every chapter interesting, but my attention would wane by the end of each chapter. The finches of the title are the Galapagos or ‘Darwin’s Finches ,’ passerine songbirds in the Galapagos Islands.

The tje itself gave various examples where we i. Nevertheless, Weiner has written a monumentally helpful book, one that could easily be te a sequel to Darwin’s classic On the Origin of Species, so well does Weiner explicate and demonstrate Darwin’s theory. Evolution is a not a river of sludge, moving so slowly you can’t notice except through conjecture.

Reads like a combination detective story and adventure book. I admit that I found fnch book a bit garbled. I found it interesting to realize that “Species of animals and plants look constant to us, but in reality each generation is a sort of palimpsest, a canvas that is painted over and over the by hand of natural selection, each time a little differently.


Predictable things happen in predictable ways. There was quite a lot of detail about studies into the Galapagos finches, which was great! Each with beak adapted to be long and pointy or stout and deep: Jan 06, Paul rated it it was amazing.

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

The book won the Pulitzer Prize for General Thw inthough I think it’s only a solid book, nothing spectacular. Charles Darwin himself would have loved this book even though it proved part of his treatise wrong.

Darwin’s voyage on the Beagleand the finches in particular, are known to have influenced his thinking so that he would later produce a basic theory of evolution by natural selection. May 30, Pages.


Wilson’s science writing or the skill of Richard Dawkins’s prose. The New Synthesis, and the newly evolved human females became feminists, and wanted Edward Wilson tarred and feathered. What we do with our overuse of these herbicides and …more YES! Jan 20, Ram rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. From Wikipedia, the wekner encyclopedia.

It’s really not average, though, because climate, rainfall, etc.