• Evolution

  • What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters: Adapted for Audio
  • By: Donald R. Prothero
  • Narrated by: John Bishop
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-25-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Over the past 20 years, paleontologists have made tremendous fossil discoveries, including fossils that mark the growth of whales, manatees, and seals from land mammals and the origins of elephants, horses, and rhinos. Today there exists an amazing diversity of fossil humans, suggesting we walked upright long before we acquired large brains, and new evidence from molecules that enable scientists to decipher the tree of life as never before.
The fossil record is now one of the strongest lines of evidence for evolution. In this engaging audiobook, Donald R. Prothero weaves an entertaining though intellectually rigorous history out of the transitional forms and series that dot the fossil record. Beginning with a brief discussion of the nature of science and the "monkey business of creationism". Prothero tackles subjects ranging from flood geology and rock dating to neo-Darwinism and macroevolution. He covers the ingredients of the primordial soup, the effects of communal living, invertebrate transitions, the development of the backbone, the reign of the dinosaurs, the mammalian explosion, and the leap from chimpanzee to human. Prothero pays particular attention to the recent discovery of "missing links" that complete the fossil timeline and details the debate between biologists over the mechanisms driving the evolutionary process.
Evolution is an absorbing combination of firsthand observation, scientific discovery, and trenchant analysis. With the teaching of evolution still an issue, there couldn't be a better moment for a book clarifying the nature and value of fossil evidence. Widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, Prothero demonstrates that the transformation of life on this planet is far more awe inspiring than the narrow view of extremists.
This captivating downloadable audio version of Evolution has been specially adapted from the print version by the author.
©2007 Columbia University Press (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By eric on 09-27-16

systematically destroyed every creationist idea

it was good, the guy is wonderfully condescending to creationism. he logically and scientifically backs his statements and explains it in digestible points. great for those looking for logical arguments.

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3 out of 5 stars
By TBB on 07-15-15

Significantly Abridged

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I own the hardcopy of this and It's a great book. But what I love about the book is all the discussion of the actual fossils. This audio edition has cut all that out and only consists of the creation debunking. In fact, that's my criticism of the full hardcopy - why is t necessary to include all that anyways. So, one can imagine my disappointment to learn that this audio edition only contains the parts of the book I don't care about. If you want a great discussion about why creationism "science" is nonsense, this will be a good listen; if you're looking for the discussions about fossils - its not here, buy the hardcopy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By luke on 07-28-16


This book should be called 'Destroying Creationisim 101'. Very enjoyable. The author does a great job debunking creationist dogma and taking a look at the science of evolution.

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