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Voyage to the Bottom of the Tree

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Science  04 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5710, pp. 676-677
DOI: 10.1126/science.1105582

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The Ancestor's Tale A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life. By Richard Dawkins. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 2004. 528 pp. £25. ISBN 0-297-82503-8.

The Ancestor's Tale A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution. By Richard Dawkins. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2004. 687 pp. $28. ISBN 0-618-00583-8.

In this reverse history of life, the author starts with human farmers and works down the phylogenetic tree to Eubacteria, presenting the various taxa in short tales.