Metamorphosis Reviews



Perhaps a key aspect of the metamorphosis research, which has spanned two thirds of a century, has been its major contributions to biology -- indeed a contribution that is greatly underestimated.  This extends beyond the wonderful worlds of insects, the myriad marine forms that metamorphose, and the amphibians, to the world of modern evolutionary biology, genetics, the study of whole genomes, and the relatively new science of evolutionary development, or EvoDevo, which grew out of what was formerly embryology.




Foreword review by Joseph Thompson April 1 2011


"The enormity of Ryan's task and the complexity of the cross-disciplinary research would have overwhelmed a lesser writer. Part history lecture and part science class, Ryan brings an accessible passion to the subject comparable to Carl Sagan's popularization of astronomy. As he builds the case for hybridization in The Mystery of Metamorphosis, Ryan leads readers through the earliest ideas put forth by Darwin and his contemporaries to the modern questions raised by the Cambrian explosion. Like Sagan, Ryan is able to communicate complex theories without becoming simplistic while challenging basic evolutionary concepts."



Cian O'Luanaigh review in New Scientist April 2 2011


"...the book is a must for entomologists, marine biologists and the downright curious."


New Internationalist Review


Frank Ryan writes with verve and conviction, skillfully marshalling his facts and painting vivid pen-portraits of his central characters - not least the engaging and self-deprecating Don Williamson, now 89, retired and relishing the debate his theory has sparked.  Metamorphosis is aimed squarely at the general reader rather than the scientific cognoscenti and it is a lively and thoroughly entertaining read; one of the best scientific books of recent years. 

**** PW