As if I didn’t have enough to read already, I’ve added a few more books to my planned reading for the summer. I finished Lilian McLaughlin Brown’s Bring ’em Back Petrified last night, so I’ll hopefully be able to jump right into whatever arrives in the mail today when I get home from work. Anyway, here’s what’s been added;
The Tempo and Mode of Evolution by George Gaylord Simpson (1984 paperback)
I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite some some, but until now I had been unable to find an affordable copy. I certainly can’t wait to dig into it.
How Animals Work by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen
I know a bit about skeletal anatomy, but I have to admit that my understanding of physiology and biomechanics is pretty poor. I’m hoping Schmidt-Nielsen’s book will help to fix that.
Walker’s Mammals of the World (2 Volumes) by Ronald M. Nowak
I first happened across Walker’s Mammals of the World while petsitting for the late Dr. Ted Stiles, and I knew that my library would be pretty poor without a copy. While I plan on accumulating other books detailing mammals of the Neotropics and Africa, it will be great to have a set of books that I can use to further the number of taxa I’m familiar with.
Historical Geology: Evolution of Earth and Life Through Time by Reed Wicander and James S. Monroe
In the fall of last year I took a course called Evolution in Geologic Time, and while I’m pretty familiar with big-time evolutionary events, I could do a lot better remembering exactly when they happened. Likewise, my understanding of evolution is focused primarily around tetrapods, the majority of earth’s history prior to the Cambrian still a bit foggy upon recall, so I definitely want to help my understanding of what happened in “Deep Time” a bit more.
God’s Own Scientists: Creationists in a Secular World by Christopher P. Toumey
I haven’t yet read Ronald Numbers’ The Creationists, but I saw this book mentioned on a comment thread over at Respectful Insolence and it sounded very interesting. I’ve become relatively well-familiar with changes and shifts in creationist thought over the past few hundred years, but I definitely want to get a better idea of what goes on behind closed doors when “creation scientists” get together.
The Theory of Island Biogeography by Robert H. MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson
After a tip from Bora that Quammen’s Song of the Dodo has a fair number of mistakes, I thought I would pick up what is considered to be the landmark work in the field of biogeography. I plan to read the two books in succession and write up a post on the subject, but that’s probably a few weeks (if not a month) away.
The way I go through books, a few more will likely be added before all is said and done, but for now I think I’ve got my work cut out for me.