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    • The Book of Humans

    • By: Adam Rutherford
    • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but are we really any more special than other animals? Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years, a lot of twists and turns, and a billion species. All of those organisms are rooted in a single origin, with a common code that underwrites our existence. This paradox - that our biology is indistinct from all life, yet we consider ourselves to be special - lies at the heart of who we are.

    In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves. Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop our culture to a level of complexity that outstrips any other observed in nature.

    The Book of Humans tells the story of how we became the creatures we are today, bestowed with the unique ability to investigate what makes us who we are. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, it is a thrilling compendium of what unequivocally fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

    • The Stories in Our Genes
    • By: Adam Rutherford
    • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.

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    • Superb

    • By Mark on 03-21-18

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Creation

    • How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself
    • By: Adam Rutherford
    • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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    What is life? Humans have been asking this question for thousands of years. But as technology has advanced and our understanding of biology has deepened, the answer has evolved. For decades, scientists have been exploring the limits of nature by modifying and manipulating DNA, cells, and whole organisms to create new ones that could never have previously existed on their own.

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    • The Goldilocks book on what is life

    • By Gary on 07-11-13

    Regular price: $18.19

    • Extinct! (Complete Series)

    • By: Adam Rutherford
    • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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    Why did almost all life go extinct 250 million years ago? Why on five other occasions in the geological history has the living world experienced sudden episodes of global mega-death with the majority of species being annihilated? And are humans causing the sixth great mass extinction event in Earth's history? These are among the questions Adam Rutherford explores in this three-part series on extinction. Producer: Andrew Luck-Baker.

    Regular price: $12.91