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The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life | David Quammen
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Our understanding of the tree of life, with powerful implications for human genetics, human health and our own human nature, has recently completely changed.
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Ericalambbrown
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While this was an absolute pick for me, I can see where this book may have been a dud for others. I have a degree in microbiology/biotechnology so I wasn‘t bothered when the book wandered off into the weeds at times. I found it fascinating and it gave me some further reading in the notes. If you‘re a big ol‘ evolutionary biology nerd like me, you may enjoy this one.

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Maude
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I'm not gonna lie, there were some parts I had a hard time understanding fully but all in all this was a very readable and interesting science book :)

mreads I love the seed pod vase and the momma and baby armadillos!😍 3mo
Maude @mreads Thank you, I look all over little for my knick knacks :) 3mo
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Briary
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Yay my books arrived! Or some of them. I seem to be having some trouble with my usually reliable seller and two books are still stuck at the warehouse. And what is worse, they suddenly did a huge increase in their prices.. So boo. 🤨

Clwojick Beauty Queens was great! ♥️ 7mo
Briary @Clwojick Excellent! I've heard good things and been meaning to check it out for a long time. 🤩 7mo
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Lindy
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I finished this intriguing #audiobook on the first leg of my travels. It‘s all about the horizontal transfer of genes—a smooching process!—& arguments why the history of life can‘t accurately be shown as a tree. Darwin‘s theory of evolution seems not to apply to the first 2 billion years. Very readable. I.e. the author compares the domestication of dogs to the domestication of mitochondrial bacteria in human cells. (We contain multitudes.) 🤓

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Lindy
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My suitcase is packed for an early departure to Japan tomorrow. Listening to a science audiobook is helping to calm my somewhat frazzled nerves.

AlaMich Is your trip for pleasure or work? Your cat blends in with your bag! And she doesn‘t look too happy about your impending departure. They always know...😿 9mo
CouronneDhiver I heard you‘re about to make a guest appearance on Shawn‘s BookTube channel? Hope that‘s true! 👏🏽👏🏽 9mo
Tanisha_A Eeee! Safe and fun times! 💜 9mo
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Lindy @AlaMich It‘s for pleasure. 😊My sweetie will be staying home, so Frida the cat will be fine. 9mo
Lindy @CouronneDhiver Yep. My booktube debut. 😬 9mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A Thanks! 9mo
CouronneDhiver Bottoms up! 🥃 9mo
Freespirit Travel safe!! 9mo
LeahBergen Have a wonderful time and give @shawnmooney a squeeze for me when you see him! 9mo
Lindy @CouronneDhiver I will yield the tipsy roll to the expert: @shawnmooney 😄 9mo
Lindy @LeahBergen You bet! 9mo
Lindy @Freespirit Thanks 😊 9mo
Lcsmcat Bon voyage! 9mo
Lindy @Lcsmcat merci bien! 9mo
readordierachel Have a good trip! 9mo
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Lindy
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Genetic evidence suggests that Rotiferos deltoides have gone without sex for 25 million years.

(Internet image. This type of rotifer can survive for up to 9 years in a dehydrated state. There are only females, and they reproduce by parthenogenesis.)

DivineDiana Now there‘s a new vocabulary word! 🤔 9mo
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Lindy
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The words “enabling meiosis” may sound dull, so let me rephrase that. What we‘re talking about is the invention of sex.

(Internet image)

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bnp
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Am enjoying this book, and wish everyone a happy New year!

Unfortunately, I don't have time to spend here, so will not be posting often.

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DyAnne
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I admit I get a little thrill every time the University of Illinois, my alma mater, is mentioned. 🧡💙👩🏻‍🎓

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DyAnne
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Had to kill some time yesterday, so I went to the bookstore and was a wee bit naughty. The spouse doesn‘t need to know. 🤣 Biology. Evolution. Darwin. New discoveries. I‘m here for it all.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I tried, honestly. I made it about halfway on audiobook but when he read an entire RNA sequence of letters, I just called it quits after about 60 letters. Really interesting material, but just too scientific for me.

MayJasper Fab pic though even though you nailed 😊 14mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Fantastic interview about this book on today‘s Science Friday. May be worth checking out if you like to read about science as much as I do. Here‘s the link to Science Friday if interested: https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/how-a-humble-microbe-shook-the-evolutiona...

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