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River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (Science Masters Series) Paperback – August 23, 1996

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Nearly a century and a half after Charles Darwin formulated it, the theory of evolution is still the subject of considerable debate. Oxford scientist Richard Dawkins is among Darwin's chief defenders, and an able one indeed-- witty, literate, capable of turning a beautiful phrase. In River Out of Eden he introduces general readers to some fairly abstract problems in evolutionary biology, gently guiding us through the tangles of mitochondrial DNA and the survival-of-the- fittest ethos. (Superheroes need not apply: Dawkins writes, "The genes that survive . . . will be the ones that are good at surviving in the average environment of the species.") Dawkins argues for the essential unity of humanity, noting that "we are much closer cousins of one another than we normally realize, and we have many fewer ancestors than simple calculations suggest."

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"An excellent introduction to many important evolutionary ideas." -- --Nature

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0465069908
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Basic Books; Reprint edition (August 23, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1857994051
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1857994056
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 1220L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.13 x 0.5 x 8.13 inches
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Richard Dawkins taught zoology at the University of California at Berkeley and at Oxford University and is now the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, a position he has held since 1995. Among his previous books are The Ancestor's Tale, The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, and A Devil's Chaplain. Dawkins lives in Oxford with his wife, the actress and artist Lalla Ward.

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