Or is he micro-phobe?
Nature Genetics has published a mostly positive review of the new Evolution textbook by Nick Barton and others (the others include blogger Jonathan Eisen) The review is penned by Francisco Ayala. Among the things Ayala brings up is the coverage various taxa receive:
Surprisingly, however, five of the nine chapters of Part II are dedicated to the history of microbial evolution, and only one chapter deals with the diversification of plants and animals.
So, of the nine chapters in Part II, six deal with particular groups of organisms. Of those six, five focus on microbial evolution. That’s 83%, which seems fair given that microbes probably make up more than 83% of life on earth. Do we know so much more about animal and plant evolution that they deserve over 20% of the taxon specific material? I wonder what Jonathan Eisen thinks; after all, he studies microbial evolution.