Evolution in Action

Natural History through Spectacular Skeletons



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Evolution in Action, a resounding success on its initial publication in 2007, is a unique and beautiful attempt to provide a map of those billion years in time. In this sublime mosaic of photographs and text, evolutionary biologist Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu and photographer Patrick Gries explore the skeletal record, showing through words and images the defining mechanics of all living vertebrates, including human beings.

Here is a powerful pairing: two hundred stark black-and-white photographs produced by Patrick Gries in collaboration with the Museum of Natural History in Paris are accompanied by text from scientist and documentarian Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu. The result is a revealing collection that profoundly illustrates the key themes of evolution – homology, convergence, adaptation, polymorphism and more.

Now updated and presented in a smaller format with fifteen new gorgeous photographs, Evolution in Action steps beyond the debate and presents the undeniable truth of Darwin’s theory, showing through skeletons both obscure and commonplace, but always intriguing, the process by which life has transformed itself, again and again.

Additional information

Weight 1500 g
Dimensions 18.1 x 24.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 November 2011
Number of pages 424
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu, Photographs by Patrick Gries
Dimensions 18.1 x 24.9 cm
Weight 1500 g


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Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu is a Professor of Natural Sciences and a Doctor of Biological Oceanography.

Patrick Gries is a photographer. Among his most notable projects is his collaboration with the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris.