The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution


The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution by Richard Dawkins

Synopsis: With unparalleled wit, clarity, and intelligence, Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s most renowned evolutionary biologists, has introduced countless readers to the wonders of science in works such as The Selfish Gene. Now, in The Ancestor’s Tale, Dawkins offers a masterwork: an exhilarating reverse tour through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life four billion years ago. Throughout the journey Dawkins spins entertaining, insightful stories and sheds light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection, and extinction. The Ancestor’s Tale is at once an essential education in evolutionary theory and a riveting read.

Published: October 2004 | ISBN-13: 978-0618619160

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Another Dawkins book! But this book beautifully highlights a central concept in genetics – that at one point in the past or another, every two organisms on the planet shared a common ancestor. – 10 Great Books on Genetics

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