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Eukaryon

Class Year

2007

Keywords

Peter Grant, Rosemary Grant, Jonathan Weiner, evolution, Charles Darwin

Abstract

The sun sets on a small island off the coast of South America. Thirteen species of Galapagos finches settle in their various homes for the evening. Peter and Rosemary Grant along with their crew settle in, as well, and you feel like you are right there with them thanks to Jonathan Weiner. Weiner presents the story of Darwin’s finches and the Grants as if it were just that: a fabulous story. It’s no wonder, however, that Weiner’s book is a Pulitzer Prize winner.

Along with the Grants’ tale, Weiner ties in Darwin’s theories of Evolution and Natural Selection, examples outside of the finches, and even philosophy making the book both a key source of public understanding and an entertaining read.

Weiner reconstructs the research of the Grants’ twenty years after they first discover their amazing finches and follows them back and forth through time in his interviews. While the Grants and their colleagues struggle to discern exactly what the finches mean, we struggle along with them. Bit by bit, Darwin’s finches reveal to the Grants that evolution is not a slow process, in so doing; other common misconceptions about evolution are cleared up.

Disclaimer

Eukaryon is published by students at Lake Forest College, who are solely responsible for its content. The views expressed in Eukaryon do not necessarily reflect those of the College. Articles published within Eukaryon should not be cited in bibliographies. Material contained herein should be treated as personal communication and should be cited as such only with the consent of the author.

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