With all the attention given to "creationism" in the news these days, Jean-Pierre Rogel felt it was important to show how Darwin's concept of natural selection can be seen in action in everyday situations. Beginning with a familiar cottage scene that includes squirrels, loons, salmon and bears, Rogel expands his scope to explore the emerging field of evolutionary developmental biology, showing how genes play a role in the extraordinary diversity of the plant and animal kingdom. Readersmay be surprised to discover which animal is most closely related to whales, how nature makes a fin into a paw, how salmon have adapted to gaps in fishing nets, and what really sets humans apart from chimpanzees.
Jean-Pierre Rogel is a reporter for Découverte, a popular science program on Radio-Canada, the French-language counterpart to CBC Television. He also writes for Québec Science magazine. He is a passionate naturalist and has written extensively about how and where one can find the evidence for evolution, and how everything on earth is connected in a web of being. Born and educated in France, he immigrated to Canada in the mid-1970s and has since been living in Montreal. This is his fourth book.