Endless Forms Most Beautiful

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Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom is a 2005 book by Sean B. Carroll. It attempts to summarize the emerging field of evolutionary developmental biology[1] and has won numerous awards for science communication.[2] The title is a reference to a quote by Charles Darwin; Darwin described the descent of all living organisms from a common ancestor "endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful".[3]

The Creative Machines Laboratory at Cornell University operates a website called "EndlessForms.com" that allows one to evolve three-dimensional shapes according to the principles laid out in Endless Forms Most Beautiful.


  1. ^ Coyne, J. A. (2005). "Switching on evolution". Nature 435 (7045): 1029–1030. doi:10.1038/4351029a. 
  2. ^ http://seanbcarroll.com/books/Endless_Forms_Most_Beautiful/
  3. ^ Darwin, Charles (1859). "XIV". On The Origin of Species. p. 503. ISBN 0-8014-1319-2. Retrieved 2011-02-27.