- Dawkins, Richard
- 1996 Climbing Mount Improbable, W.W.
Norton: New York and London. An authoritative and elegant account of
the evolutionary explanation of the "design" of organisms.
- Fortey, Richard
- 1998 Life: A Natural History
of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth, Alfred P. Knopf:
New York. A lively account of the history of life on Earth.
- Gould, Stephen J.
- 1992 The Panda's Thumb,
W.W. Norton: New York. Gould's Natural History columns have been
collected into a series of books including Hen's Teeth and Horse's
Toes, An Urchin in the Storm, Eight Little Piggies, The Flamingo's
Smile, and Bully for Brontosaurus. All are good popular
introductions to the basic ideas behind evolution, and extremely
- Horner, John R., and Edwin Dobb
- 1997 Dinosaur Lives:
Unearthing an Evolutionary Saga, HarperCollins: New York. What it's
like to uncover fossilized bones, eggs, and more, plus Horner's views on
- Howells, W.W.
- 1997 Getting Here: The Story
of Human Evolution, Compass Press: Washington, D.C. A very readable
survey of human evolution by one of the fathers of physical
- Johanson, Donald C., Lenora Johanson, and Blake Edgar
- 1994 Ancestors: In Search of
Human Origins, Villard Books: New York. The companion volume to
Johanson's NOVA series, "In Search of Human Origins."
- Mayr, Ernst
- 1991 One Long Argument: Charles Darwin and
the Genesis of Modern Evolutionary Thought, Harvard University
Press: Cambridge, MA. An easily understandable distillation of Charles
Darwin's scientific contributions.
- National Academy of Sciences
- 1998 Teaching
About Evolution and the Nature of Science, National Academy
Press: Washington, DC. An engaging, conversational, and well-structured
framework for understanding and teaching evolution.
- Nesse, Randolph, and George C. Williams
- 1996 Why We Get Sick: The New
Science of Darwinian Medicine, Vintage Books: New York. The
principle of natural selection as applied to modern-day health and
disease. Helps to illustrate evolution as an ongoing phenomenon.
- Tattersall, Ian
- 1998 Becoming Human, Harcourt Brace:
New York. A description of the current state of understanding about the
differences between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens.
- Weiner, Jonathan
- 1994 The Beak of the Finch: A
Story of Evolution in Our Time, Alfred P. Knopf: New York.
Discussion of basic evolutionary principles and how they are illustrated
by ongoing evolution on the Galápagos Islands.
- Whitfield, Philip
- 1993 From So Simple a
Beginning, Macmillan: New York. A large-format, beautifully
illustrated book explaining evolution from genetic, fossil, and
geological perspectives. A good general introduction for nonspecialists.
- Zimmer, Carl
- 1999 At the Water's Edge:
Macroevolution and the Transformation of Life, Free Press: New
York. Some creatures moved from water to land (the evolution land
vertebrates) and others from land to water (the evolution of whales from
land animals). Zimmer clearly explains these two events in the history
of vertebrates and what might have brought them about.
Evolution: Books for Children and Young
- Cole, Joanna, and Juan Carlos Barberis
- 1987 The Human Body: How We
Evolved, Illustrated by Walter Gaffney-Kessell, William Morrow and
Company: New York. This book traces the evolution of humans, from early
prehistoric ancestors to modern tool-users. Grades 4-7.
- Lauber, Patricia, and Douglas Henderson
- 1994 How Dinosaurs Came to
Be, Simon and Schuster: New York. A description of the ancestors to
the dinosaurs. Grades 4-7.
- Matsen, Brad, and Ray Troll
- 1994 Planet Ocean: A Story of
Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record, 10 Speed Press:
Berkeley, CA. Whimsically illustrated tour of history for older kids
and adults. Grades junior high to high school.
- McNulty, Faith
- 1999 How Whales Walked into
the Sea, Illustrated by Ted Lewin, Scholastic Trade: New York. This
wonderfully illustrated book describes the evolution of whales from land
mammals. Grades K-3.
- Stein, Sara
- 1986 The Evolution Book,
Workman Publishing Co., Inc.: New York. A hands-on, project-oriented
survey of evolution and its mechanisms. Grades 4-8.
- Troll, Ray, and Brad Matsen
- 1996 Raptors Fossils Fins and
Fangs: A Prehistoric Creature Feature, Tricycle Press: Berkeley, CA.
A light-hearted trip through time ("Good Gracious -- Cretaceous!") with
similes kids will like ("Pterosaurs -- some as big as jet fighters.").
Origin of the Universe and Earth
- Dalrymple, G. Brent
- 1991 The Age of the Earth,
Stanford University Press: Stanford, CA. A comprehensive discussion of
the evidence for the ages of the Earth, moon, meteorites, solar system,
Galaxy, and universe.
- Longair, Malcolm S.
- 1996 Our Evolving Universe, Cambridge
University Press: New York. A brief discussion of the origin and
evolution of the universe.
- Silk, Joseph
- 1994 A Short History of the
Universe, Scientific American Library: New York. Popular treatment
of the evolution of the universe.
- Weinberg, Steven
- 1993 The First Three Minutes:
A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe, Basic Books: New York.
An explanation of what happened during the Big Bang.
Evolution and Creationism Controversy
- Godfrey, Laurie, ed.
- 1983 Scientists Confront Creationism,
W.W. Norton: New York. A collection of articles by scientists analyzing
and refuting arguments of creation science.
- Kitcher, Philip
- 1982 Abusing Science: The Case
Against Creationism, MIT Press: Cambridge, MA. A philosophical as
well as scientific analysis of creation science.
- Matsumura, Molleen
- 1995 Voices for Evolution,
National Center for Science Education, Inc: Berkeley, CA. A collection
of statements supporting the teaching of evolution from many different
types of organizations: scientific, civil liberties, religious, and
- Numbers, Ronald
- 1992 The Creationists: The
Evolution of Scientific Creationism, University of California Press:
Berkeley, CA. A thorough history of the American creationist movement.
- Pennock, Robert T.
- 1999 Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against
the New Creationism, MIT Press: Cambridge, MA. A philosopher of
science analyzes the newer "intelligent design" theory and "theistic
- Skehan, James W.
- 1986 Modern Science and the
Book of Genesis, National Science Teachers Association: Washington,
DC. Written by a geologist (former Director of the Weston Seismological
Observatory) and bible scholar, trained as a Jesuit priest.
- Strahler, Arthur
- 1987 Science and Earth
History: The Evolution/Creation Controversy, Prometheus Press:
Buffalo, NY. A comprehensive analysis of creationist scientific claims.
- Toumey, Christopher P.
- 1994 God's Own Scientists: Creationists in
a Secular World, Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ. An
anthropologist's view of creationism as a belief system upholding the
moral authority of both science and religion.