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Improbable Destinies

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Improbable Destinies by Jonathan B. Losos
  • Hardcover $28.00

    Aug 08, 2017 | 384 Pages

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    Aug 08, 2017 | 384 Pages

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“This is a wonderfully serious book with a lighthearted voice. Is evolution predictable or contingent? Big question. Why do adaptations converge? Big question. Why is the platypus unique? Smaller question, but fun! Read, enjoy, think.” —David Quammen, author of The Song of the Dodo and Spillover

“Improbable Destinies is one of the best books on evolutionary biology for a broad readership ever written. Its subjects—the unfolding of Earth’s biological history, the precarious nature of human existence, and the likelihood of life on exoplanets—are presented in a detailed, exciting style expected from an authentic scientist and naturalist.” —Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Is evolution a story foretold? Or is it little more than the rolls of DNA’s dice? In Improbable Destinies, Jonathan Losos tackles these fascinating questions not with empty philosophizing, but with juicy tales from the front lines of scientific research. Drunk flies, fast-evolving lizards, mutating microbes, and hypothetical humanoid dinosaurs all grace the pages of this wonderfully thought-provoking book.” —Carl Zimmer, author of A Planet of Viruses and The Tangled Bank

Praise for Jonathan B. Losos’ Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree:

“A rich compendium of information by an extraordinarily insightful biologist.” —Science

“Lucid language and simplicity in writing [create] magic throughout the book.” —Environment and Ecology

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