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

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

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By (author) Sean Carroll

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  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Format: Paperback | 331 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 3 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 0547247788
  • ISBN 13: 9780547247786
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 565,411

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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.

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SEAN B. CARROLL is professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of "The Making of the Fittest "and "Endless""Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of""Evo Devo, "a finalist for the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize and a best science book of the year in "Discover "magazine and "USA Today."

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National Book Award Finalist"The Economist" Best Book of the YearAmazon.com Top Ten Science Books of 2009 "These 'remarkable creatures' are in fact the pioneering naturalists whose dramatic discoveries fleshed out Darwin's theory. Carroll gives us voyages, expeditions, obstacles and what drives the passions of scientists." - Scientific American"Darwin wasn't the only scientist to hit the high seas. Carroll chronicles his own journey alongside other voyages of discovery that helped evolve the study of evolution . . . Carroll, a leading biologist, is one of the high priests of evo devo (evolutionary developmental biology), a field that's been revolutionizing our understanding of why we are the way we are." - Wired