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It's unclear whether the title refers to the daring naturalist/explorers Carroll depicts or the creatures whose remains they found. In this thoroughly enjoyable book, Carroll (Endless Forms Most Beautiful), a molecular biologist at the University of Wisconsin, provides vignettes of some of the fascinating people who have made the most significant discoveries in evolutionary biology. He starts with some of the experiences and insights of great explorers like Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates, then turns his attention to paleontologists who searched for the fossil evidence to support the new theory of evolution. Among them are Eugène Dubois's discovery of Java Man; Charles Walcott's discovery of the Burgess Shale and the evidence it provided for the Cambrian explosion; and Neil Shubin's recent discovery in arctic Canada of Tiktaalik, the intermediary between water- and land-dwelling vertebrates. Carroll closes with studies of human evolution, from Louis and Mary Leakey to the advances of Linus Pauling and Allan Wilson, which indicated that Neanderthals were cousins of Homo sapiens rather than direct ancestors. While there's little that's new here, Carroll does weave an arresting tapestry of evolutionary advancement. Photos, maps. (Feb. 10)
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"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 Review, 12/15/08
The book was interesting in its revelations of the inter connectedness among discoveries in paleontology, theories of natural selection, the origin of the species, and progress in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barbara A. Dicostanzo
sean b. carroll wrote a fine book for the person with average science level expertise. I found the book very interesting and well worth the price.Published 13 months ago by kevin w. wright
A good book if you enjoy reading woffle without substance. Well written and with a good command of English, Mr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
My background is chemical eng. I like reading the cradle of civilisation, astronomy, physics, archaeology, palaeontology, biology, anthropology, electronics. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jonatan Sutrisna
As a biology teacher, I am always on the look out for books that students will enjoy, while also learning. Dr. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Michele Naber
Great Intro to those who actually pursued the evidence for evolution
Fills in a lot of background material not usually known
Recommended for those who do and those who... Read more
The Greatest Story Ever Told
The title of the book is "Remarkable Creatures" and the author is Sean B. Carroll. Read more