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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean B. Carroll Narrator: Jim Bond Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Just 150 years ago, most of our world was an unexplored wilderness. Our sense of its age was vastly off the mark. And what we believed to be the history of our own species consisted of fantastic myths and fairy tales; fossils, known for millennia, were seen as the bones of dragons and other imagined creatures. How did we learn so much so quickly? Remarkable Creatures celebrates the pioneers who replaced our fancies with the even more remarkable real story of how our world evolved. Inspired by Humboldt, the first group we meet — Darwin, Wallace, and Bates — returned from their explorations with the makings of the theory of evolution. The second group undertook expeditions that produced some of the most spectacular finds in paleontology: Eugene Dubois uncovered Java Man, the first claimed missing link between apes and humans; Charles Walcott located pre-Cambrian life in the Grand Canyon and Cambrian life in the Burgess Shale; and Roy Chapman Andrews unearthed dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert of Mongolia. The discovery of the kinship of dinosaurs and birds and the emergence of the “fishapod” formed more links in the evolutionary chain, as did the work of Louis and Mary Leakey, who for five decades searched for our deepest past in East Africa. The final section of the book moves into the laboratory and the future, following the trailblazers who discovered a time clock in our DNA and extracted ancient DNA from extinct species. Join Carroll and his cast of naturalists for a rousing voyage through the most dramatic adventures and important discoveries in two centuries of natural history. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “These scientific adventurers inspire the author—and will do the same for experts and novices alike—with their fearless dedication to getting at the truth, as far as it can be known. A stirring introduction to the wonder of evolutionary biology.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Jim Bond’s capable narration is unobtrusive and appropriate to the subject matter, and the audiobook’s focus on first-person narratives heightens its overall appeal.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2009 Economist Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2009 Financial Times Best Book of the Year for Nonfiction
  • A 2009 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Evannn | 2/12/2014

    " It took me a long time to finish this book, but I'm glad I did. It can get a bit dry at times (or maybe I was just impatient), but it's a wonderful look into the lives and work of some of the most important contributors to our collective knowledge of the natural sciences. Very worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brittany Hale | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting read, it wasn't the torture I thought it would be but I'm still happy I can finally move on to a book that wasn't a required read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doruk | 2/2/2014

    " Scientists are awesome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caroline | 1/22/2014

    " Biographical sketches of scientists and naturalists who made vital contributions to evolutionary science. Carroll has a gift for bringing characters to life; his writing is engaging and informative, making sometimes complicated science accessible to the average reader. "

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