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Head of Zeus
The Genetic Book of the Dead by Richard Dawkins

One of the world's great science writers and biologists: a book that reflects on the vast arc of evolutionary history and what it tells us about life on earth.

How much do we really know about our past?

For centuries, we have yearned to learn more about our ancestors and piece together the story of how we came to be. But language can only record so much. And fossils can be even harder to decipher. We are left groping in the dark, forced to speculate and reconstruct ways of life based on fragments of information.

But what if there was a better way?

In The Genetic Book of the Dead, Richard Dawkins explores the untapped potential of DNA to transform and transcend our understanding of evolution. In the future, a zoologist presented with a hitherto unknown animal will be able to read its body and its genes as detailed descriptions of the world its ancestors inhibited. This 'book of the dead' would uncover the remarkable ways in which animals have overcome obstacles, adapted to their environments and, again and again, developed remarkably similar ways of finding solutions to life's problems.

From the bestselling author of The Selfish Gene comes a revolutionary, vividly illustrated book that unlocks the door to a past more vivid, nuanced and fascinating than anything we have ever seen.

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12 Oct 2023 * 352pp * £9.99 * 9781804548066

'Richard Dawkins writes with admirable clarity and Jana Lenzovà illustrates in much the same way... A masterly investigation of all aspects of flight, human and animal' Alexander McCall Smith.

'Dawkins has always been an extraordinarily muscular, persuasive thinker... What feels new here is that he writes with such charm and warmth' The Times.

'Dawkins writes with such an irresistible combination of mastery of the subject, delight in it, and vividness' Michael Frayn.

'One of the richest accounts of evolution ever written' Financial Times.

'One of the best non-fiction writers alive today'
 Steven Pinker
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins is one of the world's most eminent writers and thinkers. He is the award-winning author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion and a string of other bestselling science books, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Literature. Dawkins lives in Oxford.
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