The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor s Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil s Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.

Dr Yan Wong is an evolutionary biologist who studies the theoretical underpinnings of life.His DPhil involved modeling the evolutionary effects of self-recognition systems in plants, which was followed by a number of years at the Oxford Museum of Natural History, where he first worked with the renowned biologist, Richard Dawkins.In 2009, following a lectureship in evolutionary biology and ecology at the University of Leeds, Yan became a presenter on BBC1's prime-time series "Bang Goes The Theory," which demonstrates a wide and eclectic range of scientific ideas to the public at large.He also has a regular slot answering questions on the popular Radio 4 series 'More Or Less' and is a contributor to Bacon s Theory on Radio 5 Live.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780618619160
ISBN-10: 061861916X
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: September 2005
Pages: 673
Language: English