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Some assembly required: decoding four billion years of life, from ancient fossils to DNA

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The author of the best-selling Your Inner Fish gives us a lively and accessible account of the great transformations in the history of life on Earth--a new view of the evolution of human and animal life that explains how the incredible diversity of life on our planet came to be. Over billions of years, ancient fish evolved to walk on land, reptiles transformed into birds that fly, and apelike primates evolved into humans that walk on two legs, talk, and write. For more than a century, paleontologists have traveled the globe to find fossils that show how such changes have happened. We have now arrived at a remarkable moment--prehistoric fossils coupled with new DNA technology have given us the tools to answer some of the basic questions of our existence: How do big changes in evolution happen? Is our presence on Earth the product of mere chance? This new science reveals a multibillion-year evolutionary history filled with twists and turns, trial and error, accident and invention. In Some Assembly Required, Neil Shubin takes readers on a journey of discovery spanning centuries, as explorers and scientists seek to understand the origins of life's immense diversity.
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subject_facetEvolution (Biology)
Life -- Origin
Paleontology
title_displaySome assembly required : decoding four billion years of life, from ancient fossils to DNA
title_fullSome Assembly Required Decoding Four Billion Years of Life, from Ancient Fossils to DNA
Some assembly required : decoding four billion years of life, from ancient fossils to DNA / Neil Shubin
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History
Life
Nonfiction
Origin
Paleontology
Science