The Ancestor’s Tale

Author: Richard Dawkins

Type: Non-fiction, single subject

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

Published: 2004

I read it: July 2008

ancestors tale

An excellent and exhaustive tour of evolutionary diversity and history. It’s told from the (arbitrary) perspective of Homo sapiens, and reverses back through time to meet up with the common ancestors we shared with other living creatures. A great book to help shatter the falsehood that evolution somehow leads to humans as an endpoint, as well as the old notion that some animals are more “primitive” than others. Creationists will tremble, evolutionists will smile, and newbies like me will be blown away by all the facts we feel we should have learned years ago.

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