Since the beginning of time, the pre-biological and the biological world have seen a steady increase in complexity of form and dynamics based on a process of combination and re-combination.
The modern synthesis of evolution known as the neo-Darwinian theory emphasises population genetics and does not explain satisfactorily all other occurrences of evolutionary novelty.
The authors propose that symbiosis, hybridisation and the more obscure processes such as polyploidy, chimerism and lateral transfer are mostly overlooked and not featured sufficiently within evolutionary theory. They suggest, therefore, a revision of the existing theory including its language, to accomodate the scientific findings of recent decades.
After reading this book, the reader may look at evolution in a completely new way.