In addition, the authors use many terms which the lay reader may not know, and which do not appear in their limited glossary.
As a reader of popular scientific journalism with no higher education training in biology, I found considerable chunks of the book incomprehensible.
I could not find a single example in the book of evidence that a speciation event had occurred as a result of genome acquisition.
A very interesting addition to the 'Dawkins' view of evolution, and one that makes sense of how large leaps in capability for organisms might have and probably did occur. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Margulis' contribution to evolutionary theory is profound and these days generally accepted. Mitochondria and chloroplasts probably originated as separate cell-level organisms that... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kenneth Bynum
I've loved Dr. Margulis' work since college, 30 years ago. In this book, the authors' arguments that speciation occurs through organisms acquiring genes from other organisms is... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I started to read this book with high hopes of Margulis's (RIP) elucidating her groundbreaking theories such as the undulopodium hypothesis for the nucleus, but what I encountered... Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by cymbal freak
This is an extraordinary book written with clarity and very high integrity by a world's best-in-class evolution scientist about her life work. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Boris Petrov
Margulis and Sagan open our eyes to the micro world and give us a new way to view what's around us. terrific book loaded with new information.Published on April 14, 2011 by EddieIturbi
I've obviously stumbled on this book when I don't belong here. The book is hard going technically - I can understand each sentence, but it clearly expects a fair degree of biology... Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Lisa
Lynn MARGULIS has been one of the great microbiologists and evolutionary biologists of the XXth century. Read morePublished on August 13, 2010 by Sceptique500