Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 4, 2003 - Science - 464 pages
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Life's Solution builds a persuasive case for the predictability of evolutionary outcomes. The case rests on a remarkable compilation of examples of convergent evolution, in which two or more lineages have independently evolved similar structures and functions. The examples range from the aerodynamics of hovering moths and hummingbirds to the use of silk by spiders and some insects to capture prey. Going against the grain of Darwinian orthodoxy, this book is a must read for anyone grappling with the meaning of evolution and our place in the Universe. Simon Conway Morris is the Ad Hominen Professor in the Earth Science Department at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St. John's College and the Royal Society. His research focuses on the study of constraints on evolution, and the historical processes that lead to the emergence of complexity, especially with respect to the construction of the major animal body parts in the Cambrian explosion. Previous books include The Crucible of Creation (Getty Center for Education in the Arts, 1999) and co-author of Solnhofen (Cambridge, 1990). Hb ISBN (2003) 0-521-82704-3

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User Review  - David Eden - Goodreads

Fascinating tour of biodiversity and evolution, from one of the most prominent palaeontologists in the world. A core idea is the ubiquity of convergence, where similar structures and behaviours evolve ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wes - Goodreads

Intriguing look at evolutionary convergence. Not what I'd call light reading, but interesting. Touches on topics ranging from abiogenesis and biochemistry to cosmology and theology. Highly critical of ... Read full review

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Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge, he is also the author of The Crucible of Creation (1998).

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