Review – The Making of the Fittest

Posted 8 September, 2017 by Nikki in Reviews / 2 Comments

Cover of The Making of the Fittest by Sean B. CarrollThe Making of the Fittest, Sean B. Carroll

The Making of the Fittest is really about that subtitle: “DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution”. It’s all about showing that DNA holds the record of evolution, and essentially proves what is difficult to see in real time. There are some good examples, but overall I found myself wondering if anyone who wasn’t already convinced would become convinced by this book. DNA isn’t exactly a secret, and the fact that many species share DNA isn’t either, and yet people still doubt that that means anything.

It’s a good enough read if you’re looking for examples, though, and good if you really want to get to grips with examples of convergent evolution, too.

Rating: 3/5

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2 Responses to “Review – The Making of the Fittest”

  1. I’ve been interested in this book based on the title, but from your description, it seems like it might be too rudimentary for anyone who already believe in evolution and knows a little bit about it. I’ll check out some other reviews, but I’m guessing I’ll pass on this one. Thanks for the review!
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    • Yeah, it’s a biiiit simplistic if you know anything about the subject — at least from my point of view. Bear in mind I am a biology student, though!

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