Synopses & Reviews
"Dazzling...A feast. Absorbing and elegantly written, it tells of theorigins of life on earth, describes its variety and charaacter, and culminates in a discussion of human nature and teh complex traces ofhumankind's evolutionary past...It is an amazing story masterfully told."
FINANCIAL TIMES (LONDON)
World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a ROOTS for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals. Astonishing in its scope, brilliant in its insights, and an absolutely compelling read, SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is a triumph of popular science.
The world's most celebrated team of science writers explores the origins of human life on Earth--a wonderfully entertaining and awe-inspiring excursion through more than a billion years of evolution. Beginning with a vivid account of Darwin and his theory of evolution, the authors set out to reconstruct the forgotten links in our chain of being, thus illuminating our ability to understand and change ourselves.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents
On earth as it is in heaven -- Snowflakes fallen on the hearth -- What makest thou -- A gospel of dirt -- Life is just just a three-letter word -- Us and them -- When fire was new -- Sex and death -- What thin partitions... -- The next-to-last remedy -- Dominance and submission -- The rape of Caenis -- The ocean of becoming -- Gangland -- Mortifying reflections -- Lives of the apes -- Admonishing the conqueror -- The Archimedes of the Macaques -- What is human -- The animal within -- Shadows of forgotten ancestors.