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Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species

by Sean B. Carroll
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. 352 pages.

“This is a history of evolutionary ideas over the last two centuries illustrated by the lives and the achievements of diverse individuals, many familiar but others less so,” reviewer Aubrey Manning explains. “Carroll provides just enough commentary to keep continuity, but it is in the nature of this approach that at times we are led down various delicious individual byways.” Manning especially praises Carroll’s descriptions of the contrasting personalities of Wallace and Darwin, Charles Walcott and the Burgess Shale, Roy Chapman Andrews and the dinosaurs of central Asia, and the Leakey family.