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Evolution in Minutes

Darren Naish
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Darren Naish
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Vernon Subutex One

Virginie Despentes
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Virginie Despentes
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The Food of Love

Prue Leith
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Prue Leith
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The Big Questions: Evolution

Francisco Ayala
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Francisco Ayala
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Soul Dust

Nicholas Humphrey
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Nicholas Humphrey

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Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Sean B. Carroll
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Sean B. Carroll

We not only share nearly 99% of our genes with chimps, we also have some 35% in common with daffodils. Throughout much of the animal and even plant kingdoms, almost the same ancient genes code for almost the same proteins. And further, to everyone's astonishment, the genes involved in making the complex eyes of fruitflies are close matches to those involved in making the very different eyes of octopuses and people. So what leads to the nature's 'endless forms most beautiful'? The key to this mystery is being unravelled by 'Evo Devo' or the new science of evolutionary development biology. By looking at how a single-celled egg gives rise to a complex, multi-billion celled animal, Evo Devo is illuminating exactly how new species - butterflies and zebras, trilobites and dinosaurs, apes and humans - are made and evolved. The key, it turns out, is all about location and timing... For anyone who has ever pondered 'where did I come from', Endless Forms Most Beautiful explores our history, both the journey we have all made from egg to adult, and the long trek from the origin of life to the very recent origin of our species.

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Animals

Dr Keith Laidler
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Dr Keith Laidler

Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts is an anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, author and professor at the University of Birmingham. She has presented The Incredible Human Journey and Coast on BBC 2, Inside Science on Radio 4 and appeared as an expert on Time Team on Channel 4. She lives in Bristol with her husband and two children.

Darren Naish

Dr Darren Naish is a vertebrate palaeontologist, based at the University of Southampton, UK, specialising in theropod and sauropod dinosaurs. He is the author of numerous research papers, popular articles and books including Walking with Dinosaurs: The Evidence (BBC Books) and Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved (with Paul Barrett, Natural History Museum Books), and writes the Tetrapod Zoology blog for Scientific American.

Dr Keith Laidler

Dr Keith Laidler is a writer and broadcaster specializing in wildlife in the natural world. He has written and produced many films on a wide range of animals including leopards; gorillas; harpy eagles; lion and otters, among others. His many books include The Talking Ape (Collins), Squirrels in Britain (David & Charles), River Wolf (Allen & Unwin), Pandas (BBC/Collins) and China's Threatened Species (Blackwell). Keith has 1st Class B.Sc. Special Honours Zoology, Ph.D. Anthropology. He is Fellow of Royal Geographic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Winston Churchill Fellow and a member of the Scientific Exploration Society.

Francisco Ayala

Francisco Ayala is a prize-winning scientist and philosopher working at the University of California. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science, and of the 2010 Templeton Prize, for exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension. He holds 20 honorary degrees from universities in nine countries. Also an author, his acclaimed books include Darwin's Gift and Am I a Monkey?

Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson is an unusual combination of writer, film-maker and explorer. Hugh has led many expeditions to Peru, starting in 1982 when he was 21, and has now become one of Britain's foremost modern explorers of Inca settlements. His recent memoir Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico describes his early experiences travelling through that country and his interest in the Maya.

Massimo Vacchetta

Massimo Vacchetta is the chairman of The Hedgehog Home, an association whose mission is the protection of hedgehogs and their environment. He is also the founder of a shelter and rehabilitation centre for hedgehogs. He lives in Northern Italy, where he is a veterinarian specializing in the care of cattle. Antonella Tomaselli is a journalist, author, environmentalist and lover of animals.

Menno Schilthuizen

Menno Schilthuizen is a Dutch evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and permanent research scientist at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and a professor in character evolution and biodiversity at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has published numerous articles about evolution and ecology and three popular science books.

Nicholas Humphrey

Nicholas Humphrey is School Professor at the London School of Economics and Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research is a theoretical psychologist, internationally known for his work on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness. He the only scientist ever to edit the literary journal Granta. His books include Consciousness Regained, The Inner Eye, A History of the Mind, Leaps of Faith, The Mind Made Flesh, and Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness.

Prue Leith

As a cook, restaurateur, food writer and business woman, Prue Leith has played a key role in the revolution of Britain's eating habits since the 1960s, and was recently announced as one of the judges on Channel 4's Great British Bake Off. With twelve cookery books under her belt, Prue gave up writing about food to concentrate on fiction. She has written seven romantic novels and a memoir, Relish. The Prodigal Daughter is the second novel in a trilogy that began with The Food of Love. All Prue's books are in print with Quercus. She lives in Gloucestershire. Follow her on on Twitter @PrueLeith

Sean B. Carroll

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Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper is Executive Director Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and Vice Chair Friends of the Earth International. He is the author of Spix's Macaw: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird (2002).

Tony Park

Australian writer Tony Park fell in love with South Africa on a short trip in 1995. He is a major in the Australian Army Reserve and has worked in journalism and PR, including six months in Afghanistan as PR officer for the Australian ground forces. Tony and his wife Nicola now divide their time between Sydney and the African bush.

Virginie Despentes

VIRGINIE DESPENTES is a writer and filmmaker. Her first novel, Baise-Moi was published in 1992 and adapted for film in 2000. She is the author of over fifteen further novels, including Apocalypse Baby (2010) and Bye Bye Blondie (2004), and the autobiographical work, King Kong Theory (2006). She won the Prix de Flore in 1998 forLes Jolies Choses, the 2010 Prix Renaudot for Apocalypse Baby and Vernon Subutex One won the Prix Anaïs Nin in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker International in 2018.