Katrina van Grouw introduces her new book 'Unnatural Selection', a stunning illustrated book about selective breeding - the ongoing transformation of animals at the hand of man. 

When Charles Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to compare it with the selective breeding of domesticated animals. In 'Unnatural Selection' - which marks the 150th anniversary year of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals Variation under Domestication - author and illustrator Katrina van Grouw explains why this analogy was more appropriate than even Darwin had realised. 

Artificial selection is, in fact, more than just an analogy for natural selection – it’s the perfect example of evolution in action.

Katrina van Grouw, author of The Unfeathered Bird and Unnatural Selection (both published by Princeton University Press), inhabits that no-man’s land slap bang between art and science. She holds degrees in fine art and natural history illustration, and is a former curator of ornithological collections at a major national museum. She’s a self-taught scientist with a passion for evolutionary biology and its history. After a long and varied career on both sides of the art/science divide she now devotes her time exclusively to her books which, for her, “tick all creative and intellectual boxes.”

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