Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo (Hardcover)

The New Science of Evo Devo

By Sean Carroll

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393060164, 368pp.

Publication Date: April 17, 2005



Perhaps the most surprising finding of Evo Devo is the discovery that a small number of primitive genes led to the formation of fundamental organs and appendages in all animal forms. The gene that causes humans to form arms and legs is the same gene that causes birds and insects to form wings, and fish to form fins; similarly, one ancient gene has led to the creation of eyes across the animal kingdom. Changes in the way this ancient tool kit of genes is used have created all the diversity that surrounds us Sean Carroll is the ideal author to lead the curious on this intellectual adventure--he is the acknowledged leader of the field, and his seminal discoveries have been featured inTime and The New York Times.