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

Richard Dawkins

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Like Steven Pinker s “How the Mind Works” or Stephen Hawking s “A Brief History of Time,” it s a one-stop education, a marathon for the mind. “Newsday” In the decade since this elegantly wrought tale appeared, a wealth of new discoveries has significantly broadened and refined our understanding of the four-billion-year journey that produced modern humans. Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong now update and revise this classic tale to include these fresh developments. Loosely based on the form of Chaucer s “Canterbury Tales, “”The Ancestor s Tale “presents an exhilarating reverse tour through evolution, from present-day humans back to the microbial beginnings of life. Throughout the journey, Dawkins and Wong spin entertaining, insightful stories and shed light on the most cutting-edge aspects of evolutionary history and theory. At once a survey of the latest, best thinking on biology and a fascinating history of all life on Earth, “The Ancestor s Tale” shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world. As full and clear a picture of the way life developed on our planet as you are likely to find … A splendid piece of writing. “Washington Post Book World” This is an ambitious and important book rich with fascinating insights. “New York Times” RICHARD DAWKINS is a world-renowned evolutionary biologist. He was educated at Oxford and taught zoology before becoming the first holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University in 1995. His best-selling books, which rank among the most influential works of our time, include “The Selfish Gene, River Out of Eden, The God Delusion, “and “The Magic of Reality.” His second memoir, “Brief Candle in the Dark, ” was published in 2015. YAN WONG is an evolutionary biologist with a diverse range of interests. He was educated at Oxford, where Richard Dawkins was his tutor. He lectured in evolution at the University of Leeds before becoming a radio and television presenter, perhaps best known from the BBC One television show “Bang Goes the Theory.” He collaborated with Richard Dawkins in preparing the first edition of this book, and has extensively revised this second edition. “

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