By Simon Conway Morris

Book cover for Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe

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Morris shows that there are any examples of convergent evolution, in which different lineages have evolved very similar structures and functions. In addition to well known examples like the independent origins of camera eyes in vertebrates and invertebrates, Morris point to many others, and even has a 5-page index of convergences. He suggests there are "attractors of functionality" and that evolution is far less a matter of blind chance or contingency than is often assumed.


Reviews

"Life's Solution is an absorbing presentation written to challenge and inform the mind of the reader. Life's Solution is a superb contribution to both Contemporary Philosophy Studies academic reference collections and University level and Evolutionary Biology reading lists."
- Is Library Bookwatch, December 2003

"Simon Conway Morris's bold new book, Life's Solution, challenges this Darwinian orthodoxy by extending ideas he presented in his Crucible of Creation. Conway Morris presents scores of fascinating examples that are less familiar. The lesson is clear. The living world is peppered with recurrent themes; it is not an accumulation of unique events."
- New York Times Book Review

"Simon Conway Morris's bold new book, Life's Solution, challenges [the] Darwinian orthodoxy by extending ideas he presented in his 'Crucible of Creation'...Conway Morris presents scores of fascinating examples that are less familiar. The lesson is clear. The living world is peppered wtih recurrent themes; it is not an accumulation of unique events."
- New York Times Book Review



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