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This straightforward explanation and defence of the theory of evolution grew out of material published in 5100cm Junior Sceptic, the children's section of a quarterly science education and advocacy magazine published in Canada. The author-illustrator, Junior Sceptic's editor, describes evolution as the changes of life on earth over time as shown first through fossil finds and geological layers. Darwin's theory of natural selection explained its workings, and now the process has been demonstrated in a variety of ways. Loxton also discusses convergent evolution, evolutionary compromises, and human ancestry, and he addresses some common concerns. His message is clear: "There is no intelligence—no brain—behind evolution that is running things." Generously illustrated with photographs, cartoons, diagrams, and computer-generated images of ancient creatures, this is attractively designed. But some illustrations are unlabeled: a large ammonite and the reconstructed face of the hominid fossil known as Lucy are identified only on the jacket flap. The additional lack of sources and bibliography make this a useful but flawed resource. Grades 4-7. --Kathleen Isaacs

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Daniel Loxton is Editor of Junion Skeptic, the children's section of Skeptic magazine, a quarterly science education and science advocacy magazine published by the nonprofit Skeptics Society. Daniel is the author and illustrator of Evolution. He lives in Victoria, B.C.Daniel Loxton is Editor of Junion Skeptic, the children's section of Skeptic magazine, a quarterly science education and science advocacy magazine published by the nonprofit Skeptics Society. Daniel is the author and illustrator of Evolution. He lives in Victoria, B.C.

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Beautifully illustrated and elegantly written, any child interested in the story of life will be fascinated by it.--Wired Magazine

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