• by Ian Tattersall
  • Narrated by Brett Barry
  • 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ian Tattersall, a highly esteemed figure in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and paleontology, leads a fascinating tour of the history of life and the evolution of human beings. Starting at the very beginning, Tattersall examines patterns of change in the biosphere over time, and the correlations of biological events with physical changes in the Earth's environment. He introduces the complex of evolutionary processes, situates human beings in the luxuriant diversity of Life (demonstrating that however remarkable we may legitimately find ourselves to be, we are the product of the same basic forces and processes that have driven the evolutionary histories of all other creatures), and he places the origin of our extraordinary spiritual sensibilities in the context of the exaptational and emergent acquisition of symbolic cognition and thought.
Concise and yet comprehensive, historically penetrating and yet up-to-date, responsibly factual and yet engaging, Paleontology serves as the perfect entree to science's greatest story. The book is published by Templeton Press.


What the Critics Say

"Endlessly absorbing and informative. It would be hard to imagine a better introduction to this most important and fascinating field." (Bill Bryson, author of A Short History of Nearly Everything)


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Customer Reviews

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great summary of where we are with understanding

I was surprised how listenable this book was in audible. I did have to have a paleo chart on hand to get a better picture and follow the audio along but the book has taken me to a new place of understanding. Technical for me as an interested amateur I enjoyed the challenge. Well worth the price and exactly as described in the title.
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- david

Brief and concise.

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

Not at all too technical; this book is geared towards persons with little background in science.

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- Allison

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2010
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks