The extended selfish gene fourth edition richard dawkins a commemorative anniversary edition of this landmark work which powerfully encapsulates a new way of looking at living things and their evolution a genes eye view. The selfish gene is a 1976 book on evolution by richard dawkins and then points out that selection doesnt act directly upon the gene but upon vehicles or extended phenotypes stephen jay gould took exception to calling the gene a unit of selection because selection acted only upon phenotypes. The gene as the unit of selection as well as contributing his own development of this insight for the first time the extended selfish gene brings these two books together by including two key chapters from the extended phenotype. The extended phenotype is a 1982 book by richard dawkins dawkins considers the extended phenotype to be a sequel to the selfish gene 1976 aimed at professional biologists and as his principal contribution to evolutionary theory summary genes synthesize only proteins a cathedral . The selfish gene and the extended phenoty a century passed improving the biological science we possess alongside with absorption of natural selection among elite society which eventually lead to emergence of sophisticated advocates of the theory and yes that 100 years were enough to call natural selection a theory
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