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Summary

In this witty, fact-packed A-Z, Newman takes the listener on a whirlwind tour from caring, sharing vampire bats to intelligent slime mould; from pacifist baboons to Richard Dawkins wrestling naked with his postman; from the invisibility cloak of the Hawaiian bobtail squid to Francis "DNA" Crick's belief that life on Earth began with alien spaceships.

The only comedian ever credited in a paper published in the science journal Nature, Newman explores how stunning scientific breakthroughs have turned received ideas of evolution upside down.

Now a BBC Radio 4 comedy series, The Entirely Accurate Encyclopaedia of Evolution is based on the stand-up show Robert Newman's New Theory of Evolution.

©2015 Phil McIntyre (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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"A fascinating and highly original book, the sort you pick up idly and the discover that two hours have gone by." ( The Spectator)

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Brilliant.

Brilliant work from the always entertaining Robert Newman. Hope to see more audiobooks from him in the future

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Revelatory and Revolutionary

If you only read one book this year, make it this one.

Rob Newman smashes the myth of the dog-eat-dog world in which humans supposedly have selfishness coded in their genes.

He inspires wonder and awe at the natural world and its incredible creatures and provides hope for a better future...

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Disappointing

Ideologically noble, but filled with misunderstandings and misrepresentations of evolutionary theory, unfortunately.
+Tediously unfunny at times.

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