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050 00 QL696.P246|bW45 1994 
082 00 598.8/830438|220 
100 1  Weiner, Jonathan.|0
245 14 The beak of the finch :|ba story of evolution in our time 
       /|cJonathan Weiner. 
250    1st ed. 
264  1 New York :|bKnopf :|bDistributed by Random House,|c1994. 
300    x, 332 pages :|billustrations ;|c25 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-321) and 
520    The Beak of the Finch tells the story of two Princeton 
       University scientists - evolutionary biologists - engaged 
       in an extraordinary investigation. They are watching, and 
       recording, evolution as it is occurring - now - among the 
       very species of Galapagos finches that inspired Darwin's 
       early musings on the origin of species. They are studying 
       the evolutionary process not through the cryptic medium of
       fossils but in real time, in the wild, in the flesh. The 
       finches that Darwin took from Galapagos at the time of his
       voyage on the Beagle led to his first veiled hints about 
       his revolutionary theory. But Darwin himself never saw 
       evolution as Peter and Rosemary Grant have been seeing it 
       - in the act of happening. For more than twenty years they
       have been monitoring generation after generation of 
       finches on the island of Daphne Major - measuring, 
       weighing, observing, tracking, analyzing on computers 
       their struggle for existence. 
520 8  We see the Grants at work on the island among the 
       thousands of living, nesting, hatching, growing birds 
       whose world and lives are the Grants' primary laboratory. 
       We explore the special circumstances that make the 
       Galapagos archipelago a paradise for evolutionary research
       : an isolated population of birds that cannot easily fly 
       away and mate with other populations, islands that are the
       tips of young volcanoes and thus still rapidly evolving as
       does the life that they support, a food supply changing 
       radically in response to radical variations of climate - 
       so that in a brief span of time the Grants can see the 
       beak of the finch adapt. And we watch the Grants' team 
       observe evolution at a level that was totally inaccessible
       to Darwin: the molecular level, as the DNA in the blood 
       samples taken from the birds reveals evolutionary change. 
520 8  Here, brilliantly and lucidly recounted - with important 
       implications for our own day, when man's alterations of 
       the environment are speeding the rate of evolutionary 
       changes - is a scientific enterprise in the grand manner, 
       an abstraction made concrete, a theory validated in life. 
600 10 Grant, Peter R.,|d1936-|0
600 10 Grant, B. Rosemary.|0
650  0 Finches|0
       sh00007754|zGalapagos Islands.|0
650  0 Finches|0
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