I love everything about evolution: the big points, the little points, the so-eso-teric-that-no-one-but-other-evolutionary-biologists-will-find-them-even-remotely-interesting points. I'd love to think that you're just as enamored of evolution as I am, but being a realist (and scientist), I have to face facts: You probably aren't. So to meet my need (to include as much information as possible) and yours (to get to the key points quickly), I've made it easy for you to identify material that you can safely skip:
i Text in sidebars: The sidebars are the shaded boxes that appear here and there. They aren't necessary reading.
i Anything with a Technical Stuff icon attached: This information is interesting but not critical to your understanding of evolution.
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