Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors - Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

By Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan

  • Release Date: 1992-09-15
  • Genre: Life Sciences
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 22 Ratings)
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"Dazzling...A feast. Absorbing and elegantly written, it tells of theorigins of life on earth, describes its variety and charaacter, and culminates in a discussion of human nature and teh complex traces ofhumankind's evolutionary past...It is an amazing story masterfully told."
World renowned scientist Carl Sagan and acclaimed author Ann Druyan have written a ROOTS for the human species, a lucid and riveting account of how humans got to be the way we are. It shows with humor and drama that many of our key traits--self-awareness, technology, family ties, submission to authority, hatred for those a little different from ourselves, reason, and ethics--are rooted in the deep past, and illuminated by our kinship with other animals. Astonishing in its scope, brilliant in its insights, and an absolutely compelling read, SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is a triumph of popular science.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • Enlightening Read

    By clax16
    This book will fundamentally change the way in which you view the world and your interactions with other people. It identifies and describes why we feel the way we do, allowing its readers to better understand the motives behind the actions of others. The best book available on evolution.
  • A Must Read!

    By iPadCary
    I just got through watching "Cosmos" & decided to GOOGLE any other books besides that & "Contact" he had written. I came across *this*, downloaded the sample, got hooked, bought the entire thing & immediately went through it. About Carl -- and his lovely & likeminded wife Ann -- I can only say this: he's on a stamp for a reason ....
  • So enlightening

    By robpage
    I read it twice. Beautiful.