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General background reading 

  • Carroll, S.B. (2007) Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The new science of evo devo and the making of the animal kingdom. Phoenix: paperback.
  • Coyne, J. (2009) Why Evolution is True.  Oxford University Press.*
  • Davies, N. (2016) Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature. Bloomsbury (paperback).*
  • Shubin, N. (2008) Your Inner Fish. London: Penguin.*
  • Wilkinson, M. (2016) Restless Creatures: The story of life in ten movements. Icon books (paperback).*


Some of the references used during the course

Behavioural Evolution

  • Davies, N.B., Krebs, J.R. & West, S.A. (2012).  An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology.  4th edition.  Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Manning, A. & Dawkins, M. S. (2012) An Introduction to Animal Behaviour, 6th Edition. Cambridge University Press.

Genes and Genomes

  • Zimmer, C.  & Emlen, D. J. (2013), Evolution. Making sense of life, Roberts & Co.
  • Nicholas H. Barton, Derek E. G. Briggs, Jonathan A. Eisen, David B. Goldstein, Nipam H. Patel (2007) Evolution. Cold Spring Harbor Press. Chapters 15 and 16.

 Macroevolution and Diversity

  • Kardong, K.V. (2009). Vertebrates. Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution (5th Edition). McGraw Hill.
  • Baum, D. A. & Smith, S. D. Tree Thinking: An Introduction to Phylogenetic Biology. (Roberts, 2012).


  • Chapman, R.F. (2013) The Insects: structure and function. Cambridge University Press 5th Edition.
  • Luo, Liqun. (2020) Principles of Neurobiology, 2nd Edition. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis (*1st edition (2015) available as an ebook)


 Titles marked with an * are available as ebooks via the iDiscover catalogue