'This one is easy to sum up. Brilliant book. Buy it.'
‘Once upon a time…’ The opening words of Henry Gee’s new book give notice that what follows will be a story – and a dazzling, beguiling story it is, told at an exhilarating pace... [a] hugely enjoyable page-turner'

-- Literary Review

'With authority, humor, and detail, Gee, a paleontologist and senior editor of Nature, traces the progression of life on earth from its initial stirrings...readers will find this eye-opening book compelling for years to come.'

-- Booklist

'Gee (The Accidental Species), a paleontologist and senior editor at the science journal Nature, finds beauty in adversity in this eloquent account of how life evolved on Earth. ... Action-packed and full of facts, this well-told tale will delight lay readers.'
'[Gee's] lively, lyrical history covers 4.6 billion years, from bacteria through dinosaurs to mammals including Homo sapiens. Humans, Gee says, will eventually become a thin layer in sedimentary rock, to be eroded as dust that sinks to the ocean bottom.'
'Gee has a remarkable ability to describe how species and their environment have shaped one another. Throughout life's perilous journey, extinction and evolution swing in perfect rhythm. Gee neatly portrays this dance in a way that dissolves life's mind-boggling complexity into something digestible for everyone.'
'Gee takes readers on a 4 and a half billion year journey of the origins of life on our planet. Not a coffee table book, but an articulate scientific trip for the layman through the remarkable and chaotic random events that ends with humans, who now have the ability to destroy it all.' 
'De geschiedenis van het leven, zoals het daadwerkelijk is gebeurd, gaat miljarden jaren terug en kan dus een eindeloos lang verhaal worden. Henry Gee pakt het anders aan en maakt van deze bijzondere geschiedenis een spannend verslag dat je makkelijk kan onthouden en navertellen. Het is een overlevingsverhaal, vol cliffhangers, avonturen, helden en schurken, en dat allemaal gebaseerd op de laatste wetenschappelijke onderzoeken'  
-- Stretto [on the Dutch translation] 

'Readers should be chastened at his conclusion, shared by most scientists, that Homo sapiens is making its habitat—the Earth—progressively less habitable and will become extinct in a few thousand years. Gee writes lucid, accessible prose' -- Kirkus Reviews

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