Discovery of Evolution 2nd edition

David Young

The Discovery of Evolution explains what the theory of evolution is all about by providing a historical narrative of discovery. Some of the major puzzles that confront anyone studying living things are discussed and details provided of how these were solved from an evolutionary perspective.

978 0 521 86803 7
August 2007
Cambridge University Press in association with the Natural History Museum


Beginning with the emergence of the early naturalists in the seventeenth century, the scientific discoveries that led up to, and then flowed from, Darwin and Wallace’s theory of evolution by natural selection are discussed, and the modern evolutionary studies at the close of the twentieth century are detailed. This new edition of the Discovery of Evolution is fully updated and contains a new chapter on the evolutionary studies of the twentieth century. By approaching the topic of evolution in this way, it is made accessible to the non-specialist and no previous study of biology is required.

Discovery of Evolution 2nd edition is available to order from our co-publisher Cambridge University Press. For details of how to contact them, please visit Publishing partners.


David Young is Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne, Australia.


Find out what others thought of the first edition of this book. 

" Young’s lavishly illustrated, well-designed, and clearly written account of evolution deserves wide general readership, and provides a coherent panorama for students. "

Journal of Biological Education

"I would recommend this fascinating and well-written book, which will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in the natural world."


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