[[ Download epub ]] Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of SpeciesAuthor Sean B. Carroll – Kairafanan.co

An Award Winning Biologist Takes Us On The Dramatic Expeditions That Unearthed The History Of Life On Our Planet Just Years Ago, Most Of Our World Was An Unexplored Wilderness Our Sense Of Its Age Was Vague And Vastly Off The Mark, And Much Of The Knowledge Of Our Own Species History Was A Set Of Fantastic Myths And Fairy Tales In The Tradition Of The Microbe Hunters AndGods, Graves, And Scholars, Sean Carroll Leads A Rousing Voyage That Recounts The Most Important Discoveries In Two Centuries Of Natural History From Darwin S Trip Around The World To Charles Walcott S Discovery Of Pre Cambrian Life In The Grand Canyon From Louis And Mary Leakey S Investigation Of Our Deepest Past In East Africa To The Trailblazers In Modern Laboratories Who Have Located A Time Clock In Our DNA


10 thoughts on “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species

  1. says:

    A really good book for anyone interested in the origins of life and the history of archaeology or paleontology It s gives a good idea of the history for the idea of evolution and how it came to be and how it has been shaped since The writing is simple and straight forward and it s written for the average reader rather than the academic so anyone who is interested in the evolution and emergence of life can enjoy it It s not comprehensive but it gives a good idea for anyone not familiar with the field though it focuses on the scientists behind the ideas than the science I found the balance between the scientists biographical information and the discussion of the ideas and their impact to be really great though I think it s pretty hard to get that right with these non fiction books so I enjoyed this one a lot than most.


  2. says:

    This is a wonderful book about naturalists and their adventures in search for the origin of species Sean Carroll is an excellent author He is also a professor of molecular biology, and his previous books have been excellent, too.Most chapters follow a naturalist into the wilds The first chaptera are about the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, Alfred Wallace, and Henry Bates and their subsequent analyses of findings When Humboldt visited the United States, he visited the president, Thomas Jefferson and talked about science, not politics Then come some fascinating chapters about paleontologists, like Charles Walcott who discovered the remarkable Burgess Shale Roy Chapman Andrews led an expedition into the Gobi desert in Mongolia in the 1920 s While looking for ancient human fossils, he found instead a treasure of dinosaur and mammal fossils.Probably because of Sean Carroll s background, the last chapters are about molecular biology, DNA, and recent discoveries about the time clock embedded in the DNA of all creatures.Sean Carroll s writing is superb I highly recommend this book I didn t read this book I listened to it as an audiobook Jim Bond was the narrator, and he does a good job narrating this non fiction book.


  3. says:

    Sooo..we did evolve from apes I knew it That explains so many things, all the hair in unusual places, the urge to groom my husband, why my youngest hangs on me like a monkey Carroll includes a quote on the last page of this book, talk is cheap, exploration and discovery is hard Boy, oh boy is that true Some people are just born to find stuff Some people are just premade to tackle decades of dealing with sunburns, throwing up, fire ant bites, fevers, sea sickness, throwing up, starvation, bitter cold, gale force winds, spear holding natives, being buried in sandstorms, and sore bums from riding donkeys But I don t know, being the first to set foot in unexplored wilderness, places no humans have treaded in thousands of years, if at all, may make it worth it Just maybe A great group of mostly men and a few briefly mentioned women Mary Leakey , some tiny men Darwin , some Indiana Jones types Roy Chapman Andrews , and some nerdy, but cute multiple Nobel Prize winning scientists Linus Pauling are included along with several others in this book I learned a lot of things I didn t know about some the greatest explorers of the last centuries What trials they went through to make their discoveries What great determination After reading this I felt a great urge to marry a determined explorer and let him take the credit for all my discoveries, or maybe take up rock collecting again, or visit the nearest fossil beds, as I live in Idaho and there are a lot of past tense creatures buried around here, not including our current state political leaders.Ahem.Read this book if you are the least bit interested in science, discovering something new, and if you ve ever in your life hit a rock with a hammer to find a diamond inside Just be sure to wear protective glasses if you do that.Trust me I know.


  4. says:

    Subtitle Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species Now that Richard Dawkins has gone from spokesman for biology to spokesman for atheists, we are left to look for who will take up the previous role played by Dawkins, and before him Stephen Jay Gould Sean Carroll is the author of two excellent previous books on evolution he is part of the new school called Evo Devo, which is less hip but substantive than the name suggests Here, he puts aside but not far aside the topic of evolution per se, to talk not so much about biology, as biologists The Remarkable Creatures of the title are the explorer researchers who had both the sense of adventure to go far afield to see life where it was happening, and also the aptitude for abstraction to formulate or extend theories to explain what they saw It s the sort of book one reads or writes to get a good perspective on how the field has come this far, and what biases and assumptions tripped up your predecessors, the better to see your own, perhaps.Also, of course, the sort of thing that would cast you as a natural spokesman for your field.Not that I m saying this was Carroll s conscious intention But it cannot have escaped his attention that even after a century of discussion of Darwin s Origin of Species , there is still a lot of basic misunderstanding about evolution and biology among the general public, and not only among those who just don t accept it at all In order to help fix that, you have to be well known enough to be listened to.Carroll does reveal himself to be an adept story teller Each of the chapters in Remarkable Creatures is essentially a short story, about a man who made a major contribution to biology They are all men, probably because until very recently it was not feasible for a woman to go alone or nearly so into the wilderness on a scientific expedition The chapters relate to each other tangentially Darwin s story a good preface to Wallace s, Wallace a good preface to Bates, who he had traveled with early in his career, and so forth Several of them set off into the wilderness, far from civilized areas at that time, for much the same reason that younger reporters go into war zones recently it is dangerous, dirty, and physically and emotionally grueling, but all these things mean that few others will do it, and therefore you have a better chance of distinguishing yourself from your peers.Many of them have some point in their life when their decision to stake everything on a gamble of this kind seemed to have been a mistake I was left wondering how many equally brilliant minds may have gambled and lost, struck down by yellow fever or killed in a shipwreck or having simply guessed wrong as to where the fossil or sample they were in search of lay We only hear about those who gambled and won.There are clear differences in personality, however, and Carroll does a good job of finding enough anecdotes on each subject to make them come alive as real people, with their own flaws and eccentricities You come away from the book with an opinion as to which of these people you would want to have as a friend, and not every reader will have the same conclusion Carroll is to be congratulated for this, as too many histories of science especially those in textbooks tell us only about the conclusions of scientists, not how they arrived at them or why they cared.Another thing which comes to mind any time I read a book of this sort is, why are our textbooks so dull Remarkable Creatures is no technical than your typical high school text, and it s a lot engaging If I were inclined towards conspiracy theories, I would suspect a plot to keep our kids from learning science, by convincing them that it is boring.The other recurring theme in Carroll s stories, is the length of time it takes for evidence to overturn prior consensus This is probably for the best, as a scientific field willing to immediately discard everything it had believed at the appearance of the first unexpected claim, would probably not be an improvement and we do not see here the stories of those who claimed the established consensus was wrong, who turned out to be wrong themselves However, there is no question that time and again we can see a generational divide, with older scientists still resisting the steady accumulation of facts well after a younger generation has taken to the new view with enthusiasm As our average lifespan increases, especially among the advanced economies from which scientists are mostly drawn, I wonder if it will become difficult to overthrow the established viewpoint simply because it takes longer for them all to die off and make way for the new.Unless, of course, they move on to new careers, like being spokesman for atheists Behold, the new spokesman Sean B Carroll Biology is in good hands.


  5. says:

    I liked this book because it was as much about the scientists included as their discoveries Of course now I want to go pick up thorough biographies about some of the people that it coversThe very end of the book starts to drag though After a good overview of Pauling s political activism, things get a bit jargon heavy and we stop getting the same level of personal detail that made the rest of the book so interesting.


  6. says:

    This book is difficult to classify It contains biographies, historical accounts, scientific explanations and lots of adventure Like other reviewers have pointed out, the Remarkable creatures are both those being explored and the explorers themselves Overall, this was one of the best natural science books I ve had the pleasure of enjoying and I recommend reading it together with Between Man and Beast An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure That Took the Victorian World by Storm for a similar feeling P.S As an avid dinosaur enthusiast, I particularly enjoyed the chapters about the K T extinction and the discovery of dino fossils especially the birds are dinosaurs revelation.


  7. says:

    I very much enjoyed this author s style and method of presentation of the material He makes complex subjects accessible for the non scientist but doesn t dumb the material down so much that it s robbed of its vigor While I was familiar with a number of the episodes and scientists portrayed, there was plenty that was new to me and I learned quite a bit Each chapter is a mini biography for a key researcher or explorer, combined with the major he advances made What becomes clear is how each new breakthrough owes much to prior discoveries and theories.


  8. says:

    It s a book on the history of the development of evolutionary theory I expected development in the book and a in depth look at the theory It s a good introduction for someone that has no background in the history of evolutionary science.


  9. says:

    A collection of interesting stories from evolutionary scientists Or how a fall during a playful elephant dung throwing fight resulted in finding 3.5 million year old hominid footprints.


  10. says:

    Really loved this book, it s a wonderful read about the progress of evolutionary science Fascinating and well written.