Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species

An award-winning biologist takes us on the dramatic expeditions that unearthed the history of life on our planet.

 

Just 150 years ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vague and vastly off the mark, and much of the knowledge of our own species’ history was a set of fantastic myths and fairy tales. In the tradition of The Microbe Hunters and Gods, Graves, and Scholars, Sean Carroll leads a rousing voyage that recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of natural history: from Darwin’s trip around the world to Charles Walcott’s discovery of pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon; from Louis and Mary Leakey’s investigation of our deepest past in East Africa to the trailblazers in modern laboratories who have located a time clock in our DNA.

Title:Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780151014859
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  • Always Pouting

    A really good book for anyone interested in the origins of life and the history of archaeology or paleontology. It's gives a good idea of the history for the idea of evolution and how it came to be an...

  • David

    This is a wonderful book about naturalists and their adventures in search for the origin of species. Sean Carroll is an excellent author. He is also a professor of molecular biology, and his previous ...

  • Leslie

    Sooo.....we did evolve from apes. I knew it! That explains so many things, all the hair in unusual places, the urge to groom my husband, why my youngest hangs on me like a monkey. Carroll includes a q...

  • Rossdavidh

    Subtitle: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species. Now that Richard Dawkins has gone from spokesman for biology to spokesman for atheists, we are left to look for who will take up the...

  • Nancy Lewis

    I'm not sure if the Remarkable Creatures referred to in the title are the microbes, dinosaurs, and hominids discovered by these scientists, or the scientists themselves. I'm going with the latter. I j...

  • Donna

    I liked this book because it was as much about the scientists included as their discoveries. Of course now I want to go pick up more thorough biographies about some of the people that it covers...The ...

  • Raluca

    This book is difficult to classify. It contains biographies, historical accounts, scientific explanations and lots of adventure. Like other reviewers have pointed out, the Remarkable creatures are bot...

  • Kay

    I very much enjoyed this author's style and method of presentation of the material. He makes complex subjects accessible for the non-scientist but doesn't dumb the material down so much that it's robb...

  • Kimberly

    It’s a book on the history of the development of evolutionary theory. I expected more development in the book and a more in-depth look at the theory. It’s a good introduction for someone that has ...

  • Shreya

    A very well written book, it takes you on a very long and fun-filled adventure, with all great naturalists and scientists. If you are remotely interested in evolution and how we arrived at this unders...