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The Ancestor's Tale


The Ancestor's Tale is a pilgrimage back through time; a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims along the route as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about 6 million years in the past, gorillas at 7 million years, orangutans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales. Each explores an aspect of evolutionary biology through the stories of characters met along the way or glimpsed from afar - the Elephant Bird's Tale, the Marsupial Mole's Tale, the Coelacanth's Tale. Together they give a deep understanding of the processes that have shaped life on Earth: convergent evolution, the isolation of populations, continental drift, the great extinctions.

The Ancestor's Tale represents a pilgrimage on an unimaginable scale: our goal is four billion years away, and the number of pilgrims joining us grows vast - ultimately encompassing all living creatures. At the end of the journey lies something remarkable in its simplicity and transformative power: the first, humble, replicating molecules.

01 - The Conceit of Hindsight.mp3 6.36 MB
02 - The General Prologue.mp3 6.17 MB
03 - Rendezvous Zero - All Humankind.mp3 2.15 MB
04 - Rendezvous One to Nine - Apes and 2.83 MB
05 - Rendezvous Ten - Rodents and Rabbitkind.mp3 3.39 MB
06 - Rendezvous Eleven - Laurasiatheres.mp3 4.22 MB
07 - Rendezvous Twelve - Xenarthrans.mp3 1.07 MB
08 - Rendezvous Fifteen - Monotremes.mp3 4.16 MB
09 - Rendezvous Sixteen - Sauropsids.mp3 10.73 MB
10 - Rendezvous Seventeen - Amphibians.mp3 7.18 MB
11 - Rendezvous Eighteen - Lungfish.mp3 1.13 MB
12 - Rendezvous Twenty - Ray-Finned Fish.mp3 5.00 MB
13 - Rendezvous Twenty-Six - Protostomes.mp3 23.77 MB
14 - Rendezvous 27-37 - Jellys, Sponges, Fungi & P 4.75 MB
15 - The Great Historic Rendezvous.mp3 2.32 MB
16 - Rendezvous 38 and 39 - Prokaryotes.mp3 5.75 MB
17 - Canterbury - On the Origin of Heredity.mp3 12.89 MB
18 - The Host's Return.mp3 19.04 MB

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