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Adam Wilkins

Geneticist, Evolutionary Biologist, and author of Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face

Adam Wilkins is a geneticist and evolutionary biologist. He was born in 1945 in Columbus, OH, grew up in New York City, attended Reed College in Portland, OR, and obtained his PhD in the field of genetics in 1969 from the University of Washington, WA. Following a period doing experimental work in bacteria, bacterial viruses and slime molds, he entered the fields of scientific writing and editing. Over the past two decades, he has written many reviews and hypothesis articles. His first books were Genetic Analysis of Animal Development and The Evolution of Developmental Pathways (Sinauer, 2002). His current book, Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face, was published by Harvard University Press in January 2017. He was editor of BioEssays from 1990 to 2008 and is currently editor of the “Perspectives” section of GENETICS.

Understanding Why The Human Face Is The Way It Is

What is the face of an animal for? In biological terms, what is the "function" of the animal's face? The answer is not immediately obvious, as it is for other parts of the body, for example, the heart (pumping blood) or the lungs (breathing).
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