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W&N Science HB October £25.00 704pp 32pp colour illustrations 978 1 474 60056 9 eBook: £25.00 / 978 1 474 60057 6 (read by Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward)

Virtually every page exemplifies a memorable insight into the strangeness and prodigality of nature.

RICHARD DAWKINS AND YAN WONG The Ancestor’s Tale A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life

A fully updated edition of ‘one of the richest accounts of evolution ever written’ (Financial Times), including five new ‘tales’ and new illustrations. The Ancestor’s Tale is a dazzling, four-billion-year pilgrimage to the origins of life: Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong take us on an exhilarating reverse journey through evolution, from present-day humans back to our microbial beginnings. It is a journey happily interrupted by meetings of fellow modern animals, plants, fungi and bacteria, similarly tracing their evolutionary path back through history. As each evolutionary pilgrim tells their tale, Dawkins and Wong shed light on topics such as speciation, sexual selection and extinction. Written with unparalleled wit, clarity and intelligence, taking in new scientific discoveries of the past decade and including new ‘tales’, this beautiful new edition of The Ancestor’s Tale shows us how remarkable we are, how astonishing our history, and how intimate our relationship with the rest of the living world. Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist renowned throughout the world. His bestselling books, including The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow and The Greatest Show on Earth rank among the most influential intellectual works of our time. Since 1995 he has been Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. Yan Wong is an evolutionary biologist who studies the theoretical underpinnings of life. He is also a radio and television presenter, perhaps best known for BBC1’s Bang Goes the Theory.

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Location: Oxford Available for interview richarddawkins.net / yanwong.me @RichardDawkins / @DrYanWong

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W&N Non-fiction • October 2015