Author: David Quammen
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: Fascinating material presented in an approachable way, but overall organization was lacking.
Many of you who enjoy natural history will have read about Charles Darwin. You may already know that he originated the use of a tree as a way to visualize the process of evolution. This story starts with that tree and covers several major discoveries that have caused to revise our understanding of that tree. In particular, the author covers horizontal gene transfer (transfer of genetic material between individuals in ways that aren’t from parent to child) and the discovery of a new taxonomic group, the Archaea. Read more »