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A Most Improbable Story The Evolution of the Universe, Life, and Humankind

By: Steven J Theroux(Author)
318 pages, 26 colour & 28 b/w illustrations
Publisher: CRC Press
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This book is a "Big History" of the evidence regarding how we came to be. It briefly explores philosophical thought and how our past might affect our future. The text summarizes different perspectives, including the strengths and weaknesses of each. The genesis of our planet is explored, especially the circumstances that must exist for complex life to arise. This brief journey highlights the history of life, the emergence of simple lifeforms, and the evolution of complex creatures, including humans. The book concludes with a discussion of why other humanoids went extinct while our species achieved dominance. The author speculates on potentialities awaiting humankind and our planet.


Perspective Matters, But Perspective Isn’t Everything – Envisioning
Humankind’s Place in the Universe

Part I: The Making of a Habitable World
1. In the Beginning – The Genesis of the Universe
2. The Life and Death of a Star
3. The Milky Way – A Goldilocks Galaxy
4. The Galactic Cradle
5. The Inimitable Earth

Part II: The Emergence of Life From a Lifeless World
6. Let There Be Life - The Rise of the Prokaryotes
7. Evolution – The Generator of Life’s Diversity
8. The Birth of the Superkingdoms – Prokaryotes, Achaea, and Eukaryotes
9. Partnering Up – The Journey from Single Cell Eukaryotes to Multicellular Animals
10. The Blossoming of Terrestrial Life
11. The Emergence of Genus Homo – The Earth’s First Humans Come Into Being
12. The Genesis of Behaviorally Modern Homo sapiens – A Cognitively Advanced Human That Can Reflect Upon Its Existence
13. Peering into Life’s Future


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Steven J. Theroux was Professor and Chair of the Natural Sciences department at Assumption University in Massachusetts. He currently teaches Genetics and Biology of Cancer at Harvard University and Assumption University.

By: Steven J Theroux(Author)
318 pages, 26 colour & 28 b/w illustrations
Publisher: CRC Press
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