At BIMA: Unnatural Selection, with Katrina van Grouw

Eagle Harbor Books travels to the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art to host a presentation of Unnatural Selection, a book by renowned British nature illustrator and natural historian Katrina van Grouw. She will be at the BIMA auditorium Thursday, June 21, at 6:30pm.

Registration will be required for this event, as space is limited. You can reserve a seat on Eventbrite here. We are asking for a $5 donation at the door.

Unnatural Selection is a lavishly and stunningly illustrated book about selective breeding--the ongoing transformation of animals at the hand of man. More important, it's a book about selective breeding on a far, far grander scale--a scale that encompasses all life on Earth. We'd call it evolution.

A unique fusion of art, science, and history, this book celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's monumental work The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, and is intended as a tribute to what Darwin might have achieved had he possessed that elusive missing piece to the evolutionary puzzle--the knowledge of how individual traits are passed from one generation to the next. With the benefit of a century and a half of hindsight, Katrina van Grouw explains evolution by building on the analogy that Darwin himself used--comparing the selective breeding process with natural selection in the wild, and, like Darwin, featuring a multitude of fascinating examples.

This is more than just a book about pets and livestock, however. The revelation of Unnatural Selection is that identical traits can occur in all animals, wild and domesticated, and both are governed by the same evolutionary principles. As van Grouw shows, animals are plastic things, constantly changing. In wild animals the changes are usually too slow to see--species appear to stay the same. When it comes to domesticated animals, however, change happens fast, making them the perfect model of evolution in action.

Suitable for the lay reader and student, as well as the more seasoned biologist, and featuring more than four hundred breathtaking illustrations of living animals, skeletons, and historical specimens, Unnatural Selection will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in natural history and the history of evolutionary thinking.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
BIMA Auditorium
550 Winslow Way E
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Unnatural Selection Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691157061
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Princeton University Press - July 31st, 2018