Life Ascending: The Ten Great Inventions of Evolution

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Profile Books, 2010 - Science - 344 pages
Lane expertly reconstructs the history of life by describing the ten greatest inventions of evolution based on their historical impact, role in organisms today, and relevance to current controversies.
 

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User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

Where does DNA come from? What is consciousness? How did the eye evolve? Drawing on a treasure trove of new scientific knowledge, Nick Lane expertly reconstructs evolution’s history by describing its ... Read full review

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I am very impressed with this book. Nick Lane has taken what he calls "ten great inventions of evolution" and given some well argued narratives of how it all happened. Shows some of the interesting ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Origin of Life
8
DNA
34
Photosynthesis
60
The Complex Cell
88
Sex
118
Movement
144
Sight
172
Hot Blood
205
Consciousness
232
Death
260
Epilogue
286
List of Illustrations
307
Bibliography
313
Index
327
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Nick Lane studied biochemistry at Imperial College, London and is an honorary reader at University College, London. His first book, Oxygen, was one of the Sunday Times Books of the Year in 2002. His last book, Power, Sex, Suicide was named as a book of the year in The Economist in 2005 and was short-listed for The Aventis Science Book Prize and the Times Higher Young Academic of the Year Award in 2006.

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