Showcasing a treasure-trove of specimens from the Academy’s collections, Evidence of Evolution explores key
evolutionary discoveries and concepts that explain life on Earth. Proceeds go to support CAS research.
Bridging the worlds of art and science, photographer Susan Middleton and writer Mary Ellen Hannibal offer a new way
to see and understand evolution. Virtually a natural history museum in a book, Evidence of Evolution celebrates the power and beauty of Darwin’s vision.
Evidence of Evolution is a book that explains evolution and showcases specimens from CAS. It is a beautiful book,
produced by Harry N. Abrams in New York – the world’s foremost art publisher.
The text explains evolution, touching on Darwin, the Galápagos, the mechanisms of evolution including natural selection
and adaptation, biogeography, molecular inheritance, and evolutionary development – all this in easily-digestible prose.
Susan Middleton’s photographs of specimens are beautiful in and of themselves, and also evince her special way of creating
an emotional connection between the viewer and the natural world. Captions touch on evolutionary stories related to the specimens.
Specimens are the record of life on our planet. If climate change has the effect it is predicted to, people will only know the
history of earth through these specimens. There will be no other evidence.