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The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date October 27, 2004
Pages 673
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618005833
ISBN-10 0618005838
Dimensions 1.75 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 2 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $30.00
Other format details sci/tech
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Summary
A renowned scientist and author of The Selfish Gene provides a sweeping chronicle of more than four billion years of life on Earth, shedding new light on evolutionary theory and history, sexual selection, speciation, convergent evolution, extinction, genetics, plate tectonics, geographical disperal, and other topics.
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The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative views. Loosely based on the form of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Dawkins's Tale takes us modern humans back through four billion years of life on our planet. As the pilgrimage progresses, we join with other organisms at the forty "rendezvous points" where we find a common ancestor. The band of pilgrims swells into a vast crowd as we join first with other primates, then with other mammals, and so on back to the first primordial organism.
Dawkins's brilliant, inventive approach allows us to view the connections between ourselves and all other life in a bracingly novel way. It also lets him shed bright new light on the most compelling aspects of evolutionary history and theory: sexual selection, speciation, convergent evolution, extinction, genetics, plate tectonics, geographical dispersal, and more. The Ancestor's Tale is at once a far-reaching survey of the latest, best thinking on biology and a fascinating history of life on Earth. Here Dawkins shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world.


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from Houghton Mifflin (October 27, 2004)
9780618005833 | details & prices | 673 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.75 in. | 2.05 lbs | List price $30.00
About: A renowned biologist provides a sweeping chronicle of more than four billion years of life on Earth, shedding new light on evolutionary theory and history, sexual selection, speciation, extinction, genetics, and geographical dispersal.
Paperback
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With Richard Dawkins | from Mariner Books (September 6, 2016)
9780544859937 | details & prices | 798 pages | List price $18.95
About: The renowned biologist and thinker Richard Dawkins presents his most expansive work yet: a comprehensive look at evolution, ranging from the latest developments in the field to his own provocative views.
Reprint edition from Mariner Books (September 2, 2005)
9780618619160 | details & prices | 673 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.75 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A renowned biologist provides a sweeping chronicle of more than four billion years of life on Earth, shedding new light on evolutionary theory and history, sexual selection, speciation, extinction, and genetics.

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