Skeptic Daniel Loxton’s Evolution Book Wins Canadian Award
September 17, 2011
The book, "Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be," by Junior Skeptic editor Daniel Loxton, won the 2010 Lane Anderson Award in the young reader category for a book published in the field of science and written by a Canadian. Loxton's book was also a finalist for the prestigious Silver Birch Award earlier this year and is in the running for a third book award for Canadian children's nonfiction.
Loxton begins "Evolution" by noting that different fossils are found in different geological strata -- a fact that suggested to early researchers that many now-extinct animals, such as dinosaurs, had once roamed the planet. He goes on to discuss a wide variety of subjects related to evolution, from DNA to the alleged "dinosaur monster," mokele-mbembe, of central Africa. Along the way, he introduces new concepts such as species and mutation, often in the form of posed questions.
Congratulations to Loxton on his book, and success teaching children about evolution!