• The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries

  • The Evidence and the People Who Found It
  • By: Donald R. Prothero
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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The theory of evolution unites the past, present, and future of living things. It puts humanity's place in the universe into necessary perspective. Despite a history of controversy, the evidence for evolution continues to accumulate as a result of many separate strands of incredible scientific sleuthing.

In The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries, Donald R. Prothero explores the most fascinating breakthroughs in piecing together the evidence for evolution. In 25 vignettes, he recounts the dramatic stories of the people who made crucial discoveries, placing each moment in the context of what it represented for the progress of science. He tackles topics like what it means to see evolution in action and the distance between species in space and time, following figures from Darwin to lesser-known researchers as they unlock the mysteries of the fossil record, the earth, and the universe. The book also features the stories of animal species strange and familiar, including humans - and our ties to some of our closest relatives and more distant cousins. Brisk and entertaining while firmly grounded in fundamental science, The Story of Evolution in 25 Discoveries is a captivating listen for anyone curious about the evidence for evolution and what it means for humanity.

©2020 Donald R. Prothero (P)2020 Tantor

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Evolution- Evidence

This book provides an abundance of evidence supporting Darwin’s theories of evolution that is easily understood and presented with some humor. We all have a general understanding of evolution. However, as most things, the real understanding is in the details. Anyone with an interest in how humans got to where we are today will enjoy this book. I gave the book five stars as it is fascinating and enjoyable. The only thing that is lacking is the inability to view charts, graphs and illustrations. That is the disadvantage of the purely audible version.

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Great book

It's a very good book as expected from Dr. Prothero, my problem is with the narrator's pronunciation of certain words (ex. Ichthyostega, phenotypic) which are rather annoying to listeners familiar with the words but can also be confusing for first time listeners.

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a great history of Who We Are and why.

I've listened to it more than once. there's a lot to get out of it!