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The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins

The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins is a scientific achievement of epic proportions. Dawkins, in a personable and informative manner, guides the reader back through time. We stop at each Rendezvous Point where we meet up with a wider spread of ancestors as he continues backwards through the evolution of life on this planet. This is all done with an insight which not only informs but amazes the reader throughout.

Genre:  Evolutionary Biology   

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company

Released:  2004

Stars:  5 Stars

Reviewer: Michael D. Griffiths

As we travel through the species we share our cells and globe with, Dawkins illuminates his vast knowledge of biology bringing up novel facts and the amazing attributes animals have evolved through the millennia. After hearing some theists using the human eye as proof of an intelligent designer, for me to learn the eye has evolved from sightlessness in forty different manners proved astonishing and shot that tired argument off the landscape for me.

The book is over 600 pages and would be hard to do justice to in a short review. However, despite Dawkin’s narrative charm, it is a dense book. One might turn two pages and learn something so interesting and unexpected the reader could need to walk away and ponder it for a while. It is an intense journey so you might need to buckle up and get yourself into college mode before you decide to take this one on.

If you read one book on evolution, this would be a great choice. Many of us go through our lives thinking we know what evolution is. We do not; or not enough anyway. If you are a firm believer in evolution, this book will cement the idea and inform your belief. If you think evolution is nonsense, I dare you to read this one and when you get to page 614, please drop me a line and tell me what you think.

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