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THE ANCESTOR'S TALE is a pilgrimage back through time; a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, orang utans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales. Each explores an aspect of evolutionary biology through the stories of characters met along the way. The tales are interspersed with prologues detailing the journey, route maps showing joining lineages, and life-like reconstructions of our common ancestors. THE ANCESTOR'S TALE represents a pilgrimage on an unimaginable scale: our goal is four billion years away, and the number of pilgrims joining us grows vast - ultimately encompassing all living creatures. At the end of the journey lies something remarkable in its simplicity and transformative power: the first, humble, replicating molecules.

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The Ancestor's Tale
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Beatiful and compelling
November 12th, 2014
Richard Dawkins is an excellent author who writes beautifully about science. While very long, "The Ancestor's Tale" held my interest throughout. It masterfully weaves a trail connecting you to the dawn of evolution.
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Prepare to be enlightened
August 25th, 2013
An amazing and extremely rich knowledge source... A complete history book of "real" ancient history
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Fascinating Tale
January 5th, 2013
Surely worth a read. This book has a very engaging style that draws you into the narrative of evolution by taking us backwards from ourselves to the bacteria like ancestors we ultimately find at the lot of our tree.
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