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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sean B. Carroll Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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DNA evidence not only solves crimes-in Sean Carroll's hands it will now end the Evolution Wars. DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed-it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest. In this highly accessible narrative, Sean Carroll guides the general listener on a tour of the massive DNA record of three billion years of evolution to see how the fittest are made. And what an eye-opening tour it is-one that features immortal genes, fossil genes, and genes that bear the scars of past battles with horrible diseases. This book clinches the case for evolution beyond any reasonable doubt. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Dazzling work, passionate and magisterial. Nothing of more lasting importance than the core narrative of this book will be published this year.”

    Guardian (London)

  • Those who know Lawlor's other readings will again be amazed at his proficiency.... Challenging and rewarding. AudioFile
  • “While searches for the genetic basis for evolution are hardly new, Carroll offers some provocative and convincing evidence.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sensing that many people misunderstand evolution or don’t believe it, geneticist Carroll here hopes to teach the interested and convince the doubters…Here is evolution clearly explained and stoutly defended.”


  • A Best Sci-Tech Library Journal Book of the Year

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Albert | 2/20/2014

    " In a country where the teaching of evolutionary biology is being suppressed in the schools, and where very few people actually UNDERSTAND what evolution is, this book could not have come at a better time. It is a very engaging introduction or review of the principle of evolution, meant for laypeople who care enough to be in the know. Many might be surprised to know that what we know about evolution is not only based on the fossil record but on the "DNA record". In the same way we can trace paternity, DNA also bears the marks left by millions of years of evolution. So it makes no sense that the same people who put their trust in DNA tests that identify the father of a child or determine the guilt or innocence of criminals are the same folks who do NOT trust the DNA tests that give undisputable proof of the reality of evolution. The book also deals head-on with the "anti-evolution" sentiments, and just how such ignorance could endanger our very survival, in light of how evolutionary science has helped us fight diseases, battle cancer, insure a reliable food supply -- all the things that we take for granted in our comfortable, modern existence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daniel Bensen | 2/14/2014

    " Some nice stories about evolution and how we know what we know. The anti-creationist sections were a waste of MY time, but maybe someone else benefited from them. As far as writing style goes, I liked Steven Jay Gould better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dixie | 2/10/2014

    " Brilliant and fascinating. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sandhya | 1/16/2014

    " This book had great reviews and was required for one of my classes. Even though it raises good questions and has sound arguments, I found it hard to read after a while. Its one of those books that you read couple of chapters at a time and then come back to it later. "

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