Hello! There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Sometimes certain topics slip under the education radar, and it’s wonderful you’d like to learn about it on your own!
To start, I feel everyone should own a copy of Charles Darwin’s The Origin Of Species. There are a lot of versions out there - short, long, revised, etc - so you’ll need to do some research on which version you would like to start off on.
I also really enjoy Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin. The way he writes is amazing, and easy to understand whether you’re new to the subject or not.
Some other books that may interest you are listed below:
Why Evolution Is True by Jerry. A Coyne.
There’s also Richard Dawkins books like The Greatest Show On Earth and The Ancestor’s Tale.
What Evolution Is by Ernst Mayr
Shadows Of Forgotten Ancestors by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan
Evolution: The Triumph Of And Idea by Carl Zimmer
Dinosaur In A Haystack by Stephen Jay Gould (plus his many others)
Evolution: What The Fossils Say And Why It Matters by Donald R. Prothero
TED talks on evolution (thanks goes to cicatrose for reminding me of the awesomeness)
*The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin
*Illustrated Origin of Species, Abridged Edition by Charles Darwin
*Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans by Lee Dugatkin
*Darwin’s Notebook: The Life, Times, and Discoveries of Charles Robert Darwin by Jonathan Clements
I know I’ve left a lot of books out (even many I own/have read), but these are a few that may be great introductions for you. There is a list on Good Reads you may also want to take a look at which lists their best books on evolution (based on reviews, it looks). As well, if you search “evolution” on places like Amazon or your local book store website, you’ll be able to get a good list of ones I’ve not listed here.
Again, there are just so many books out on evolution (way too many to list!), and I do want to stress that everyone has their own opinions on which books they feel are best, more accurate, etc. In the end, I definitely suggest reading a bit about each book on Amazon (or similar sites) to see if you feel these will be a good starting point for you. I’ve found the more books I read, the better I understand topics - like evolution - as a whole. You get different opinions from the authors, and I feel it helps when cross checking information once you become more acquainted to the topics you’re reading about. I do this a lot with palaeontology studies, for example.
When it comes to scientific papers, there are some in book format and many available online. A good place to start would be searching “evolution” on sites like Google Scholar, University websites, PLOS ONE, Nature, etc.
I hope this post is of help! - ikenbot
Hey, followers, got some awesome evolution books you have read that I totally forgot to list here? Send them over via ask and I’ll make a compiled list to put up on our blog!
The recent additions with the *asterisks* are mine, as I’m currently working through the last book I referenced, Darwin’s Notebook: The Life, Times, and Discoveries of Charles Robert Darwin - which is an absolutely fantastic and brilliantly illustrated/documented read for the lay-reader or evolutionary biology-inclined, as it explores C.D.’s entire life from childhood through post death. If I would have discovered this beforehand, I would’ve definitely completed it before reading Voyage of the Beagle and the Origin of Species.
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“Our ancestor was an animal which breathed water, had a swim bladder, a great swimming tail, an imperfect skull, and undoubtedly was an hermaphrodite! Here is a pleasant genealogy for mankind.”