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The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins
The Ancestor's Tale
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THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a pilgrimage back through time; a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The... show more
THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a pilgrimage back through time; a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales. Each explores an aspect of evolutionary biology through the stories of characters met along the way. The tales are interspersed with prologues detailing the journey, route maps showing joining lineages, and life-like reconstructions of our common ancestors. THE ANCESTOR'S TALE represents a pilgrimage on an unimaginable scale: our goal is four billion years away, and the number of pilgrims joining us grows vast - ultimately encompassing all living creatures. At the end of the journey lies something remarkable in its simplicity and transformative power: the first, humble, replicating molecules.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780753819968 (0753819961)
ASIN: 753819961
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint ofOrion
Pages no: 685
Edition language: English
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Luis
Luis rated it
5.0 Utterly exquisite
If you love anything having to do with biology, then sit back and enjoy the ride, as you travel back in time and meet the "concestors", all the way back to LUCA - the Last Universal Common Ancestor. Each stop along the way is a pearl of fascination, while also deepening your realization that all ani...
Warwick
Warwick rated it
There are some facts the simple knowing of which seems to me to be a supreme achievement of our species. The fact that we are all made of stardust. The fact that 99.9999999999999 percent of all matter is empty. The fact that mass and energy can be expressed in terms of each other. Stuff like that.Pr...
Bills Books
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0.0 The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
While this book is interesting it's also kind of boring so it's been very slow going.
Bills Books
Bills Books rated it
0.0 The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
While this book is interesting it's also kind of boring so it's been very slow going.
Bills Books
Bills Books rated it
0.0 The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
While this book is interesting it's also kind of boring so it's been very slow going.
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