The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

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Bantam, 2009 - Evolution (Biology) - 470 pages
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Evolution is accepted as scientific fact by all reputable scientists and indeed theologians, yet millions of people continue to question its veracity. In "The Greatest Show on Earth", Richard Dawkins takes on creationists, including followers of 'Intelligent Design' and all those who question the fact of evolution through natural selection. Like a detective arriving on the scene of a crime, he sifts through fascinating layers of scientific facts and disciplines to build a cast-iron case: from the living examples of natural selection in birds and insects; the 'time clocks' of trees and radioactive dating that calibrate a timescale for evolution; the fossil record and the traces of our earliest ancestors; to confirmation from molecular biology and genetics. All of this, and much more, bears witness to the truth of evolution.

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User Review  - mrgan - LibraryThing

As good as Dawkins' writing is, as interesting as many of the analogies and examples in the book are, this feels like a rather unnecessary rehashing of the basics of evolution. Dawkins has had more ... Read full review

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User Review  - themulhern - LibraryThing

A timely book which presents the evidence for evolution in a considered and thoughtful manner. It starts with an explanation of why the book is necessary and then turns to background material about ... Read full review

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Richard Dawkins is the renowned academic responsible for such works as The Selfish Gene through to the phenomenal The God Delusion. Recently, he presented The Genius of Charles Darwin, a three-part television series examining the legacy of the great scientist and some of the issues covered in this timely book.

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