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A masterpiece of science writing
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2018
I thought the first edition of The Ancestor's Tale was perhaps the best piece of science writing for the layman I had ever read. Because scientific discovery does not stand still, a second revised edition was felt to be necessary, which offered me the opportunity to read it all over again. It did not disappoint. While retaining the overall structure of the original, it takes into account new knowledge gleaned from the fossil record and from molecular biology. Some day there will be a third edition, with new corrections and refinements. I hope to be around to read it.
Other reviewers will point out perceived flaws, and I do not contradict them, though to some extent they contradict each other. This is a highly individualistic approach to the history of life on earth, and no doubt others would have written it differently--if they had bothered to write it in the first place. Dawkins did, aided seamlessly in this new edition by Yan Wong. It was a masterpiece then and it is a masterpiece now.