Great book on paleontology, really cheap this month!

Don Prothero’s great book, Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters, is on sale for this month only (Nov.) at a tremendous reduction. Regularly $23.99, it’s now only $3.99 (click the link above). This is one of the five evolution books for the layperson that I recommended in my Browser interview and it’s really good.

Don’t pass it up.  But wait—there’s moar!  Reader James, who brought this to my attention, says that if you use his Associates tag “gumbercules-20” he’ll donate all the admittedly small referral fees to Doctors Without Borders (and add $25 of his own).  To do this, he says;

To make sure that everyone uses the tag, you can just append “/gumbercules-20” without the quotes to the URL: then the referral fees would automatically be generated.

If you want a readable but thorough book on the paleontological evidence for evolution, and how it makes hash of creationist claims, this is the book for you. I give it two thumbs up, and the price is amazing.


  1. Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Are you sure it’s only $3.99? Your link takes me to a page where it’s $22.11 – mind you, I’m in the UK where it’s £13.99.


    PS. I already have the book.

  2. Michelle
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Done and done. Thanks!

    • Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      Ditto. Kindle version very satisfying for me, especially at that price!

  3. NewEnglandBob
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Bought it. Thanks!

  4. Greg Peterson
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    By all means, get this book. It is amazingly comprehensive and just destroys the Duane Gish “The Fossils Say NO!” BS argument. Either the genetic or fossil evidence for evolution taken alone are decisive for evolution acceptance, but the combination destroys creationism and makes it perverse not to accept the science. In recent years, genetics has (rightfully, perhaps, given the range and novelty of the discoveries) fleshed out evolutionary theory. But the bones are still…the bones.

  5. Jim W
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    In the US, the link goes to the Kindle version for $3.99. Still a great deal.

  6. Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I’m in the UK as well, and the price I find at the link also shows $22.11. It seems the reduced price is offered only for US customers. How disappointing for the rest of us.

    • Filippo
      Posted November 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Ah guess we Amuricuns are jest spaaayshul and “Exceptional.” (The sound of gagging oneself with a spoon.)

      I got about a third of the way through it, and then got distracted by A.C. Grayling.

      Did I correctly get the impression that Prothero subscribes to Gould’s “punctuated equilibrium”?

      • blitz442
        Posted November 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

        “Did I correctly get the impression that Prothero subscribes to Gould’s “punctuated equilibrium”?”

        So does Dawkins and, I would suspect, Coyne as well. They just object to PE being referred to as some huge paradigm shift, rather than as anything other than a minor addition to Darwinian theory.

        • Ichthyic
          Posted November 2, 2012 at 6:20 am | Permalink

          uh, PE was only supported by patterns in the fossil records that Gould and Eldrige worked heavily on.

          there’s really not much going for it as an overall theory.

          it was more that they chose to try and label everything else as a type of gradualism that nobody really used anyway.


          so, it’s not really correct to call someone a “subscriber” to punc eq.

          • blitz442
            Posted November 2, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink

            “The theory of punctuated equilibrium is a minor gloss on Darwinism, one which Darwin himself might have approved if the issue had been discussed in his time.”

            The Blind Watchmaker

            But Ichthyic I think that you are correct to note that Gould and Eldridge defined “gradualism” in a way that no one else really ever used.

    • Gordon
      Posted November 1, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

      Not one of those sites where they alter the price depending on nationality, how long you spend browsing before you purchase and presumably past spending history and whatever else they can think of to ratchet the price up to the customer’s tolerance level?

  7. David T.
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    I think only the kindle version only is $3.99 and perhaps this is limited to the US only. I already have the hard back or I’d buy it at this price.

    Anyone who bought the kindle version how well do the images show up?

    • Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      Some show up very well on a kindle, others are too info-rich and hard to clearly see, but can be seen well using Amazon’s Cloud Reader on your PC. I am quite content with my Kindle version of the book (especially at that price).

      • jwthomas
        Posted November 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the info. Illustrations are often quite poor on the standard Kindle,and they’re b&w only, but if they’re ok in the Cloud that will work. I’ve actually already read the book from my local library, but it would be good to have as a go to reference on Kindle.

  8. JC Kotze
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Jerry, thanks for the tip. Just ordered it in here in South Africa for around 19 USD

    Yes! Please keep us informed about books as well as other publications that are worth the while.

  9. rodgerma
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    This is great. This one on Kindle, and a hard back WEIT are some of my reads now!


  10. blitz442
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Correct me if I’m wrong Jerry (or if you have pointed this out before), but the author does seem to be an accomodationist and an endorser of NOMA.

    • blitz442
      Posted November 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Permalink


    • Nick
      Posted November 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think so… Don Prothero submits articles to and neither these nor his pronouncements about religion in What the fossils say suggest to me that he is an accomodationist.

      • blitz442
        Posted November 2, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

        I just started reading the book. In one of the opening chapters, he specifically cites and approves of Gould and his NOMA concept.

        Not that this detracts too much from the overall quality of the book; the information on transitional fossils looks superb.

        • neil344
          Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

          Yes, I decided to skip over the so-so intro chapter on the philosophy of science and go straight to the good stuff–the fossils.

  11. Matt G
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I just bought this book (along with WEIT) two weeks ago! Still, this book is worth having in both forms. Downloading to my iPad as I type.

  12. Strider
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Gumbercules? I love that guy!

  13. Dianne Leonard
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    OK, this is ridiculous–it’s the Kindle edition–how about a real book????

    • NewEnglandBob
      Posted November 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Ebooks outsell paper books now.

      Sent from my iPhone

  14. neil344
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Just bought it. What a great deal!

  15. Sam Salerno
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I have this nook and I love it.

  16. Beau Quilter
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Bought it! Thanks for the tip!

  17. Marella
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Bought! Love these tips!

  18. Alektorophile
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    It had been sitting for a long time in my basket, waiting for a price drop. Thanks.

    BTW, I bought it from Switzerland, and got the US3.99 price. Maybe because there is no Swiss Amazon store?

  19. CH
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Don’t pass this up. It is a great read and each chapter is worth the $3.99 as a reference.
    Amazon Cloud reader shows the pics and diagrams very well.
    I bought the hard-back a few years back, now its great to have the e-version handy at my fingertips any time.

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