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At the Water's Edge will change the way you think about your place in the world. The awesome journey of life's transformation from the first microbes 4 billion years ago to Homo sapiens today is an epic that we are only now beginning to grasp. Magnificent and bizarre, it is the story of how we got here, what we left behind, and what we brought with us.
We all know about evolution, but it still seems absurd that our ancestors were fish. Darwin's idea of natural selection was the key to solving generation-to-generation evolution -- microevolution -- but it could only point us toward a complete explanation, still to come, of the engines of macroevolution, the transformation of body shapes across millions of years. Now, drawing on the latest fossil discoveries and breakthrough scientific analysis, Carl Zimmer reveals how macroevolution works. Escorting us along the trail of discovery up to the current dramatic research in paleontology, ecology, genetics, and embryology, Zimmer shows how scientists today are unveiling the secrets of life that biologists struggled with two centuries ago.
In this book, you will find a dazzling, brash literary talent and a rigorous scientific sensibility gracefully brought together. Carl Zimmer provides a comprehensive, lucid, and authoritative answer to the mystery of how nature actually made itself.
The key to the success of this book is Zimmer's habit of taking the reader along on the dig. We follow Owen Gingerich to Pakistan and Egypt, where he finds hundreds of gargantuan whale-like Basilosaurus fossils in Zeuglodon Valley, and further discovers that they posess a very surprising feature - tiny little legs.
Follow Deaschler andd Rowe as they dig for tetrapod fossils, and discover a surprising number of fingers. Even when discussing such heady concepts as Hox genes and Sonic enzymes, Zimmer remains highly readable and entertaining.
The true test of a book lies in how it affects your outlook on life. In this case, I found myself keenly interested in the critters that inhabit our planet alongside us. With the hindsight afforded by a book such as this, we can see that the pattern of evolution is broadly stamped upon all of Nature's children.