Arguing for Evolution

An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science

by Sehoya Cotner and Randy Moore


Science supports evolution unequivocally. There is an amazingly diverse array of evidence available to us that many nonscientists may not be aware of.

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August 2011


Pages 318
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Science/General

This timely encyclopedia presents an arsenal of evidence for evolution that goes beyond the typical textbook examples.

Arguing for Evolution: An Encyclopedia for Understanding Science provides readers with a single source for the scientific evidence supporting evolution. The book shows how scientists have tested the predictions of evolutionary theory and created an unshakeable foundation of evidence supporting its truth. As such, it demonstrates how evolution serves as a case study for understanding the scientific method and presents a logical model for scientific inquiry.

The evidence for evolution is presented historically and topically in an accessible, example-rich, and logical format, using an arsenal of examples that goes beyond the typical textbook matter. The chapters are structured around a series of hypotheses that the authors put to the test, amassing evidence on fossils, comparative anatomy, molecules, and evolutionary biology in order to conclude that evolution is scientific fact. Learning about this fascinating field is enhanced through "see for yourself" examples that include original data and figures from key historical and contemporary papers in evolutionary biology.


  • More than 100 historical and contemporary examples of the evidence for evolution
  • Images of places, people, and artifacts that have been important in the effort to understand life's origins


  • Presents real data from the literature in a way that is meaningful, yet accessible to the general reader
  • Uses authentic, contemporary research to convey the fact that scientific understanding of evolution is not restricted to a few tired examples (peppered moths, Galapagos finches), but is exhaustively detailed and rich with interesting and relevant examples
  • Illustrates the dynamic nature of evolutionary research through "emerging stories in evolutionary biology," giving the reader something to look for in the coming months and years
  • Ties the various lines of evidence for evolution into a single thread—that of our own origins
Author Info

Sehoya Cotner, PhD, is associate professor of teaching in the biology program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Cotner coauthored Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy with Randy Moore and Mark Decker.

Randy Moore, PhD, is professor in the biology program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Moore's published works include Evolution 101; More Than Darwin: An Encyclopedia of the People and Places of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy; and Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy.



"The book is a compelling and well rounded work. The authors have succeeded in creating a resource that clearly presents the scientific evidence supporting evolution using recognisable arguments and motifs as well as more unusual examples drawn from findings of both historic and contemporary research. Arguing for Evolution is a comprehensive and extremely accessible book which is highly recommended for public, school, and academic libraries, especially those linked to biology or evolutionary science."Reference Reviews

"This is an excellent and much-needed addition to the resources available on the empirical validity and richness of evolutionary evidence and evolutionary theory."The Quarterly Review of Biology

"This work is an interesting exploration into the nature of scientific inquiry, using evolution as a model. . . . They have done an admirable job of selecting material from the past and integrating it with current techniques."Choice

"Presenting the overwhelming evidence for evolution in the natural world, this title makes a step-by-step case for evolution. . . . This title is appropriate for a high-school or college science class or a general adult reader. It could be a circulating book, a reference book, or even a textbook for students of evolution."Booklist

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