Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation
by Michael Keller, Illustrated by Nicolle Rager Fuller
Rodale, New York, 2009
Borrowed from the library.
Published during the 150th anniversary year of the publication of On the Origin of Species, this book is a beautiful presentation of some of the strongest parts of Darwin’s argument for the evolution of species and his theory of natural selection. The beginning of the book gives some historical and biographical information on Darwin’s background and his introduction to scientific observation. Text from Darwin’s work is woven through the stunning illustrations and Keller has made every effort to update Darwin’s ideas with our present understanding of how life evolves.
Fuller’s illustrations are beautiful and add to a basic understanding of a scientific theory that changed western science, culture and religious belief. Having read parts of The Voyage of The Beagle and studied some of Origin in an evolutionary biology class, I found this book a wonderful introduction to Darwin’s theory.