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Remarkable Creatures by Sean B. Carroll

It's unclear whether the title refers to the daring naturalist/explorers Carroll depicts or the creatures whose remains they found. In this thoroughly enjoyable book, Carroll (Endless Forms Most Beautiful), a molecular biologist at the University of Wisconsin, provides vignettes of some of the fascinating people who have made the most significant discoveries in evolutionary biology. He starts with some of the experiences and insights of great explorers like Alexander von Humboldt, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates, then turns his attention to paleontologists who searched for the fossil evidence to support the new theory of evolution. Among them are Eugène Dubois's discovery of Java Man; Charles Walcott's discovery of the Burgess Shale and the evidence it provided for the Cambrian explosion; and Neil Shubin's recent discovery in arctic Canada of Tiktaalik, the intermediary between water- and land-dwelling vertebrates. Carroll closes with studies of human evolution, from Louis and Mary Leakey to the advances of Linus Pauling and Allan Wilson, which indicated that Neanderthals were cousins of Homo sapiens rather than direct ancestors. While there's little that's new here, Carroll does weave an arresting tapestry of evolutionary advancement. Photos, maps. (Feb. 10) http://www.amazon.com/Remarkable-Creatures-Adventures-Origins-Species/dp/B004KABG5E/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307326107&sr=1-2

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  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Linda or Lynda, it was good to see one of you but now I'm not sure which one. Could the real L?nda who attended our meeting please speak up? Thanks!

    May 18, 2014

    • Linda S.

      Hi - it's Linda. Spencer...

      1 · May 18, 2014

  • Bert H.

    Pretty good discussion. Not as spirited and on point as some.

    1 · May 18, 2014

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      Yeah, sorry about that Bert. That was my fault not being as prepared as I usually am with the eBook in front of me; but man, you helped me a lot with your list so thanks 1,000,000!

      May 18, 2014

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Folks, in case you were hoping author Sean B. Carroll might be able to make this meetup, I'm sorry to say he's busy so he won't be making it. Sorry to disappoint but it was a great book either way. But please, if you were counting in Professor Carroll to join us and now may not wish to come, please update your RSVP accordingly as I'm gonna try and take attendance just so I know who to send the Good To See Yous too. :)

    May 18, 2014

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Guys I'm thinking this that I will have maybe two dates for this. Meeting tomorrow is fine if you don't already have Mother's Day plans. But again next week for the folks Who do. Would anyone want to do this as two meetings. The second one having a better chance of Prof. Carroll showing up. What you think guys think?

    May 10, 2014

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      Officially, I've moved us to next week but will hang out at the Panera tomorrow if anyone wants to discuss the book. Thanks everyone.

      May 10, 2014

  • Arlene K.

    Hope you can move the date.

    1 · May 8, 2014

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      I really want to but the poll is still tied. :(

      May 8, 2014

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Another update for y'all is sadly I've not heard from author Sean B. Carroll yet visa vi this Sunday or next. So far the poll is tied so we're keeping Mother's Day for now but I really would love to move it to next week if Professor Carroll says he can come then. :(

    May 8, 2014

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Folks,

    I've put up a poll since the meeting is currently scheduled for Mothers' Day. Please vote if you want the meeting moved back a week or would rather just meet next week as planned. Also, please update your RSVPs if it turns out you can't make to this even after all, as this one has been around a long time so you may have forgotten and something came up. Anyway, thanks for voting: http://www.meetup.com/The-Science-Book-Club-Meetup-Group/polls/1067642/

    May 4, 2014

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      I'll close the poll on Friday around lunch so everyone should have time to adjust their schedules if we do end up moving this to next week. But if I hear from Professor Carroll and he says either week I'm going to let him decide on his schedule. So far I've hear nothing.

      May 5, 2014

  • Arlene K.

    Sorry can't make it because of Mother's Day. Somehow I did not see the poll. I have the book but did not yet read it because I knew I could not make the meeting. See you next month.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Jeffrey C. J.

    Folks, I just got an e-mail from Sean and I agree doing this Memorial Day Weekend wouldn't really be convenient for a lot of people so I'm thinking first, to move this ahead 2 weeks to our traditional (now) Second Sunday meeting and secondly maybe we should encourage Sean by instead reviewing his new book which drops this month: http://www.amazon.com/Brave-Genius-Philosopher-Adventures-Resistance/dp/0307952339

    As this is still 8 months away, there's a better chance of paperback editions by then, I hope, as well as Library and Audible. What does everyone thus think about moving this back 2 weeks and swapping in Brave Genius?

    September 4, 2013

    • Renee A.

      Sorry. I just read over what I wrote... and realize I forgot to say "snort". Can you delete these statements after you've posted them? If not, please delete in your minds the words "even though I've studied..."

      1 · September 4, 2013

    • Jeffrey C. J.

      I wanted to read Remarkable Creatures too, it's just I don't know how keen Sean would be to come down and discuss his previous book when his new book is out. But I'm just listening now, no decisions yet how to proceed.

      September 5, 2013

  • CJ L.

    Hi everyone. My name is C.J. Love the author behind the book "A PROMISE TO KILL" and a child abuse survivor. I would like to be a part of your book club.

    1 · June 5, 2012

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