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Life Ascending by Nick Lane
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Sep 24, 09

bookshelves: environment-science
Read in September, 2009

In “Life Ascending” Nick Lane discusses in what his opinion are the ten most important developments in evolutionary history. They are:
1. The origin of life.
2. DNA
3. Photosynthesis
4. The complex cell
5. Sex
6. Movement
7. Sight
8. Hot blood
9. Consciousness
10. Death
In each section Lane discusses what we know about the topic, then moves into more speculative and cutting edge research. He does a good job explaining the basics, but does not provide enough information to carry the reader through the end of each chapter. As a result, I found myself struggling through the later parts of each section. I liked to be challenged as a reader, but find it a bit frustrating if the book lacks sufficient material to allow for a complete understanding of the topic.
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