On Sale: February 3, 2004
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Stretching from the distant past into the remote future,
from primordial Earth to the stars, Evolution is a soaring
symphony of struggle, extinction, and survival; a dazzling
epic that combines a dozen scientific disciplines and a
cast of unforgettable characters to convey the grand drama
of evolution in all its awesome majesty and rigorous
beauty. Sixty-five million years ago, when dinosaurs ruled
the Earth, there lived a small mammal, a proto-primate of
the species Purgatorius. From this humble beginning,
Baxter traces the human lineage forward through time. The
adventure that unfolds is a gripping odyssey governed by
chance and competition, a perilous journey to an uncertain
destination along a route beset by sudden and catastrophic
upheavals. It is a route that ends, for most species, in
stagnation or extinction. Why should humanity escape this
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