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Description - Life's Solution by Simon Conway Morris

The assassin's bullet misses, the Archduke's carriage moves forward, and a catastrophic war is avoided. So too with the history of life. Re-run the tape of life, as Stephen J. Gould claimed, and the outcome must be entirely different: an alien world, without humans and maybe not even intelligence. The history of life is littered with accidents: any twist or turn may lead to a completely different world. Now this view is being challenged. Simon Conway Morris explores the evidence demonstrating life's almost eerie ability to navigate to a single solution, repeatedly. Eyes, brains, tools, even culture: all are very much on the cards. So if these are all evolutionary inevitabilities, where are our counterparts across the galaxy? The tape of life can only run on a suitable planet, and it seems that such Earth-like planets may be much rarer than hoped. Inevitable humans, yes, but in a lonely Universe.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521603256
ISBN-10: 0521603250
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Pages: 488
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Simon Conway Morris

Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge, he is also the author of The Crucible of Creation (1998, 0198502567).

Books By Simon Conway Morris

Life's Solution by Simon Conway Morris
Hardback, September 2003
Deep Structure of Biology by Simon Conway Morris
Paperback, May 2008
Runes of Evolution by Simon Conway Morris
Paperback, June 2015
Crucible of Creation by Simon Conway Morris
Paperback, October 1999