Remarkable Creatures by Dr. Sean B. Carroll
Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species

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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 how old it was? Vague and vastly off the mark. And our sense of our own species’ history? A set of fantastic myths and fairy tales. Fossils had been known for millennia, but they were seen as the bones of dragons and other imagined creatures.

In the tradition of The Microbe Hunters and Gods, Graves, and Scholars, Sean Carroll’s Remarkable Creatures celebrates the pioneers who replaced our fancies with the even more amazing true story of how our world evolved.

Carroll recounts the most important discoveries in two centuries of national history — from Darwin’s trip around the world to CharlesWalcott’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. Join him in a rousing voyage of discovery, from the epic journeys of pioneering naturalists to the breakthroughs making headlines today.
 

About Dr. Sean B. Carroll

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Sean B. Carroll is an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His scientific discoveries have been featured in ""Time, U.S. News & World Report"" and ""The New York Times"", and Carroll himself has written articles for ""Natural History"" and ""Playboy"". His first book, ""Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo"", was a 2005 Top Popular Science Book of the Year (""USA Today""). He and his wife and children reside in Madison, Wisconsin.
 
Published December 30, 2014 by Mariner Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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Some of the most exciting stories Carroll relates unfold mainly in the laboratory: Luis and Walter Alvarez’s work to make sense of the thin, dark, fossil-poor layer separating the cretaceous and tertiary layers in the geological record around the world, for example, or Linus Pauling and Emile Zuc...

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While exploring the Malay archipelago some time after Darwin's return to England, Wallace noted how the birds on one island were completely different species from those on an island not 20 miles away.

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and Neil Shubin's recent discovery in arctic Canada of Tiktaalik, the intermediary “between water- and land-dwelling vertebrates.” Carroll closes with studies of human evolution, from Louis and Mary Leakey to the advances of Linus Pauling and Allan Wilson, which indicated that Neanderthals were c...

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San Francisco Chronicle

This year marks Darwin's 200th birthday, the 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species," the 100th anniversary of Charles Walcott's discovery of the Canadian Rockies' fossil El Dorado known as the Burgess Shale, and the 50th anniversary of Mary and Louis Leakey's first anc...

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Chamber Four

Science has advanced tremendously in modern history, but there is so much further to go (and there are still dinosaurs to contend with).

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