In The Ancestor's Tale, Dawkins takes a fresh approach to tell the story of evolution. His conceit is to model the book on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: The story starts with a lone traveller, Homo Sapiens, travelling back into his ancestral history to meet his ancestors. As the pilgrims move closer towards their destination, the origin of all life on Earth, more and more companions join them, each with her own story to tell.
Dawkins starts the book with a short logical proof that demonstrates firstly that any two living humans must share a common human ancestor. He then extends this idea to show that any two living species must share a common ancestor species. This tree of ancestors forms the road network along which the tale's characters travel back in time.
The Ancestor's Tale is an excellent introduction to modern evolutionary theory, and written in a very accessible way. I finished this book with a new wonder at the world around me....Continua