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

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

In Remarkable Creatures, Sean B. Carroll — one of the principal architects of evolutionary developmental biology ("evo devo") — turns his attention to the history of evolutionary theory, offering vignettes of the explorers, from Darwin’s day to ours, whose discoveries provided the evidential basis for modern biology. Neil Shubin writes, "In addition to being one of our most distinguished scientists, Sean Carroll is a gifted storyteller. Blending the suspense of a page-turning detective story with the powerful insights of some of the best science writing, he tells the story of natural history as it needs to be told — as an adventure into the unknown."