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The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life – David Quammen

Thoughts: It’s been a while since I read this book, but I recall enjoying it (as I do much of David Quammen’s writing). Through the stories of scientists debating the organization of life, Quammen outlines how our understanding of it has evolved over time - from a natural order with humans at the top and bacteria at the bottom, to a tree with one trunk and many branches, to a tangled hedge in which genes often jump from one species (or even one kingdom) to another. I’d recommend The Tangled Tree to anyone interested in evolution and the history of life on Earth.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering.)

Quammen, David. 2018. The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. Simon & Schuster.

Posted: Aug 18, 2021. Last updated: Dec 01, 2022.