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Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

Narrated by: Richard Powers
Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Biology
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What makes a penguin a bird? Is a camel more closely related to a horse than to a giraffe? Why is a whale not a fish? Similar puzzles preoccupied Charles Darwin throughout his life. Whimsy, in the playfulness of stories for children, is a way to appreciate Darwinian histories.

In Do Elephants Have Knees? Charles R. Ault Jr. uses the fanciful imagery of story to explain Darwinian thought. At the same time, he launches careful consideration of Darwin's humanity, the origins of his curiosity, and the reach of his ideas.

Ault's approach illustrates the value of story form in learning science, and provides a wealth of resources for enriching courses that focus on Darwin's ideas. "Good storytelling mines curiosity," Ault writes, "and exuberant playfulness enriches a disciplined study of science."

©2016 Charles R. Ault Jr. (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Two half books combined

Start and end is a Darwin biography/beagle voyage recap and middle is a fun traits compare and contrast.